Chicago Bears Score Big with Danny Trevathan Signing
We reported it yesterday thanks to Aaron Leming of BearReport.Com and Adam Schefter has confirmed the news now that the NFL’s free agent period is officially underway- Danny Trevathan is coming to the Chicago Bears.
This is a big score for Bears’ GM Ryan Pace. This seemed like a perfect marriage from the start, all the way back when Trevathan told the media at the Super Bowl that he expected the Bears to heavily court him during free agency.
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That’s exactly what the Bears did. Trevathan was clearly the number one target on Pace’s wishlist (like Pernell McPhee was last year). Pace has made one thing clear in his 15 months on the job- when he’s determined to land a player, he will make it happen. One interesting note on this signing, Bus Cook is the agent for both Trevathan and McPhee. That’s something to monitor for other Cook clients. Pace and Cook appear to have a good working relationship and it might help the Bears land Cook clients in the future.
More importantly, this is a big step for the Chicago Bears’ defense. Vic Fangio’s 3-4 defense is based on having a play-making group of linebackers that he can unleash all over the field. The Bears simply didn’t have that in 2015. With Trevathan and McPhee, the Bears are halfway to having a dynamic linebacking corps and could still add more help at linebacker in free agency, or more likely the draft.
Trevathan is a three-down linebacker. He is a tackling machine that will help the Bears greatly in the run game, but he is also a very underrated pass defender. He had six passes defended in 2015 and two interceptions, one of them he took to the house against the San Diego Chargers. He will constantly be on the field for the Bears and you can expect him to be in both Nickel and Dime packages.
There were countless times we saw Shea McClellin misreading plays and putting himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. While no player is perfect, you can expect that to stop with Trevathan. Check out poor Shea McClellin’s pass coverage on the play below to see just how badly they needed Trevathan.
The signing does come with some reservation. Trevathan has had some knee trouble in the past. Any time that happens there is concern that it could be a continuing problem. But Trevathan’s knees showed no problems last season and the Bears are clearly confident that any medical issues are behind him.
Ryan Pace still has plenty of money to spend and Bears’ fans should fully expect him to be active over the next couple of days. The Bears continue to build up a contender in Chicago and there will be plenty of Trevathan jerseys in the Soldier Field stands this fall. There should be- Bears fans should be very excited.
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