After signing 30 free agents this offseason plus the draft, there will be little room for roster additions for the Bears. However, there’s always a chance to find a diamond in the rough for a minimal price tag. Here’s a few guys the Bears could bring in to camp.
Cody Webster, P, Purdue
Webster was a 2013 Ray Guy finalist. He averaged 43.5 yards per punt last season on a dismal Boilermakers squad, which was good for second best in the Big Ten. For his career, he had a 43 yard average. He had 17 punts that went more than 50 yards, and two 73-yarders. The Bears already have two punters on their roster in second-year man Tress Way and Drew Butler, who they acquired last December after he sat out the season after being cut by the Steelers. Granted, Butler was an All-American in college, but with the salaries punters command, would it hurt to bring in Webster for competition? Almost a decade ago, the Bears did the same with kicker Robbie Gould.
Eric Ward, WR, Texas Tech
Ward may not have been the main guy at Tech, but he comes from a program that has produced some decent NFL receivers lately. Ward is known to be a good route-runner that catches with his hands. At 5-11, 199 pounds, he has good size to play the slot in the NFL. In college, Ward had three straight seasons with over 80 catches and 31 touchdown grabs.
Keith Price, QB, Washington
Price is a bit undersized at 6-1, 196 and is comparable to Russell Wilson. However, he has the athleticism that GM Phil Emery covets. He has the ability to buy time in the pocket and make plays with his legs when necessary. He’s also accurate, with a career completion percentage of 64. After a subpar junior season, he came back in 2013 and threw for almost 3,000 yards and completed 66.2 percent of his passes. He also had a career low in interceptions with only six. In addition to his stats, he played in a pro-style offense at Washington under Steve Sarkisian.