By Thomas Gibbons
The Chicago Bears have reached the 90 man roster mark with recent additions. After a successful draft in addressing needs with TE Cole Kmet and CB Jaylon Johnson, the Bears still had holes. General Manager Ryan Pace quickly made some additions this week to round out the roster.
The Bears have signed four veterans this week:
WR Trevor Davis
DL John Jenkins
WR Ted Gin Jr.
S Tashaun Gibson
First, Trevor Davis spent three seasons with the Packers, 2016-19, before making stints with the Raiders and Dolphins during the 2019 season. Davis also doubles as a return specialist. He’s quick and will join the very competitive WR room in Chicago.
Ted Ginn Jr. was also signed to a one-year deal by the Bears. The 35 year-old has spent the last three seasons in New Orleans. It’s a low risk, potentially high reward move and a smart one with that. Ginn Jr could be used like Taylor Gabriel was during his time in Chicago. Newcomer Darnell Mooney should excel in that short of role as well.
Whomever is taking snaps Week One for the Bears, they should not be short on weapons. It is going to be a highly competitive fight to make the roster but when it is all said and done, it should be a nice group of players
Possible WR depth chart could be: Allen Robinson, Anthony Miller, Riley Ridley, Cordarrelle Patterson, Darnell Mooney, and a fight for the last spot being Javon Wims, Davis, and un-drafted free agent signing Ahmad Wagner.
Over to defense, Jenkins is back for a second stint with the Bears. Jenkins appeared in eight games with Chicago in 2017. It’s a one year contract and he could take the place of Nick Williams in the defensive line rotation.
Yet the biggest signing the Bears have made comes on Thursday in Safety Tashaun Gibson to a one-year deal. Gibson, who has 23 career interceptions in eight years in the NFL, was released by the Texans earlier this week just a year after singing a three-year, $22.5 million contract. The Bears have filled another hole on the roster after losing Ha-Ha Clinton Dix to free agency and they did not take on in the draft. This is another great deal by Pace because he has found a starting strong safety to play alongside Eddie Jackson.
As for when the season could get underway, it is become very likely the season will not start on time. The latest update comes from Sports Business Daily
Schedule-makers are in the process of designing several versions of the 2020 slate, some of which include a Super Bowl on Feb. 28, the regular season starting as late as Thursday, Oct. 15, and a season without bye weeks or a Pro Bowl.
As long as we get football, that is all I am worried about.