Bears re-up with safety Chris Prosinski to strengthen special teams unit

Bears re-up with safety Chris Prosinski to strengthen special teams unit
Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune Chris Prosinski and Jonathan Anderson after the Vikings' Blair Walsh kicks the game-winning field goal as time expires on Nov. 1, 2015.

The Bears re-signed another core special teamer on Friday. Safety Chris Prosinski reached a one-year deal with the Bears to return to the team.

Signed by the Bears on September 29 to provide depth and special teams help, Prosinski ended up starting five of 13 games with the Bears, adding 31 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. It was his highest tackle total since making seven starts in 2012 with Jacksonville.

The seventh-year pro turns 29 next month and quite frankly didn't play that poorly as a spot starter a season ago. At 6'1", 208 lbs, Prosinski, a 2011 fourth round selection out of Wyoming is a core special teamer and depth addition. Adrian Amos, Antrel Rolle and Harold Jones-Quartey are the top three safeties on the Bears' roster right now with two other unproven players under contract in Demontre Hurst and Anthony Jefferson.

Prosinski earned a 61.9 overall grade from Pro Football Focus last season. He played 338 defensive snaps (32.8 percent) and 259 snaps on the third phase, adding eight tackles and a fumble recovery on special teams.

He's the 10th player to be re-signed by the Bears this off-season and follows kick returner/wide receiver Deonte Thompson as the second straight special teamer to return in the past two days. The Bears have reached agreements with 14 total players this off-season.

The bottom line is Prosinski is a guy who hustles and makes plays on special teams. He isn't a very good cover safety and is pretty average against the run. As long as he sticks to the third phase under special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers, the Bears will be fine.

Re-signing Prosinski makes sense, but the Bears still need a stud next to Amos in the secondary. Arizona's restricted free agent Tony Jefferson would be a nice pickup, but there hasn't been any news on that end since free agency opened earlier this month and the Cardinals are interested in bringing him. We'll see what general manager Ryan Pace has planned.

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