As the top cornerbacks went off the market on Thursday, the Bears chose not to overspend on any of them or dish out the dough.
On Friday, the Bears came to terms with veteran cornerback Prince Amukamara, according to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan. It’s a one-year deal worth $7 million (fully guaranteed), per USA Today’s Tom Pelissero.
The 27-year-old was the 19th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. He earned a one-year, $5.5 million pact last free agency period with Jacksonville after five seasons in New York.
Amukamara has made 69 appearances with 57 starts which included 310 tackles, seven interceptions, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in his career.
Last season with the Jaguars, he had 49 tackles and six pass breakups in 14 games, 12 starts. Health has always been a glaring question mark for Amukamara as he’s made it through one full 16-game slate just once in his career, 2013.
He’s missed 27 games in his career due to injury, including two a year ago due to a hamstring issue. The Nebraska product had 27 pass breakups and five interceptions (all in 2009) in four seasons there. He started both his junior and senior campaigns for the Huskers.
At 6’0″, 202 lbs., Amukamara is a sound cover man. He turns 28 in early June and represents a starting option for the Bears’ secondary.
After struggles at cornerback the past two seasons, the Bears needed to get better and for now, Amukamara is just a piece of the puzzle. This is a team that had eight interceptions as an entire defense.
I know Amukamara had zero picks a year ago and has only seven in six seasons in the league, but he is an improvement over the up and down play the team has had.
Deiondre’ Hall, Cre’Von LeBlanc and Bryce Callahan will all continued to be developed while the Bears figure out what to do with Tracy Porter and Kyle Fuller.
Taking a true No. 1 cornerback early in the draft next month needs to be in the plans. This cornerback room craves a true star who can be consistent from week to week.
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