The Chicago Bears missed out on the three best cornerbacks in free agency this year. They lowballed Stephon Gilmore, missed out on A.J. Bouye and didn’t sign Logan Ryan. Not all hope isn’t lost at the position, though.
Despite not getting any of those three, they added Prince Amukamara, who isn’t a bad consolation price. The former first-round pick enters Chicago as the best cornerback on the roster.
That doesn’t mean that the Bears are done at the position.
If they don’t do anything to improve the cornerback spot for the rest of the year, then their starting lineup will consist of Amukamara and Tracy Porter, with Bryce Callahan lining up as nickelback. While that’s not as bad as last year, it’s not a finished product.
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Thankfully for the Bears, this year’s cornerback draft class is one of the best in recent memory.
The way things have been playing out so far, it looks like they will have their top choice of quarterback available at #3, whomever it may be. They can pick their future face of the franchise and still be able to acquire a starter at cornerback in Round 2.
Corners like Jalen Tabor, Gareon Conley and Jourdan Lewis could all be available when the Bears pick at #36. All three of them could likely step in and start right away. Adding one of them to Chicago’s group could prevent cornerback from being a major need in the future.
With Amukamara on one side and a rookie on the other, the Bears’ secondary wouldn’t be complete, but it would be the best it has been in years. Plus, they’d have Tracy Porter and Kyle Fuller, two corners with starting experience, as backups.
The latter of the two is now healthy after missing all of 2016 to injury. A lot of people tend to forget Fuller in Chicago’s long-term plans. Although he might not ever live up to his lofty draft status, he’s still only 25 years old. He likely still has some potential that the Bears can tap into.
All in all, the Bears aren’t likely to compete next year. But at least we know that their secondary will be a lot better.