The Chicago Bears signed eight players to futures contracts this week. Futures deals are normally one or two-year contracts for the NFL minimum based on the player’s service time. A few of the players signed got some playing time for the Bears this season, but most were practice squad staples. I’ll break down each of them below.
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CB Jacoby Glenn – After spending most of 2015 on the practice squad, Glenn started 2016 on the Bears active roster. He even got three starts in the Bears first seven games but was demoted after a few bad performances.
Glenn has good length for a corner (6’0), but lacks bulk (180 pounds). He does have good ball skills with seven interceptions his last year in college but declared for the draft after his redshirt sophomore year and clearly wasn’t ready for the NFL.
With two seasons in the Bears organization under his belt, Glenn should be stronger and better adapted to the NFL game. The former Defensive Player of the Year in the American Conference has plenty of talent and still has the potential to be a factor in the Bears secondary.
In seven games for the Bears this year, Glenn had 26 tackles and one of the Bears rare interceptions.
CB DeVante Bausby – The Bears have been searching for a tall corner for the last two seasons and Bausby fits the bill at 6’2. After a brief stint on the practice squad late in the 2015 season, Bausby got a chance to contribute on the Bears active roster this season.
He appeared in four games but didn’t make much of an impact. Bausby totaled 12 tackles and struggled with his coverage responsibilities. There weren’t any glaring mistakes, but he was routinely beaten when opposing quarterbacks threw his way.
Despite his struggles this season, Bausby has the potential to be a starting corner in the NFL. His size is rare as is his speed which was timed as low as 4.22 on his pro day (wind-aided). A former DII player, it was expected to take Bausby some time to adapt to the NFL and the Bears are making a good move being patient with him.
G/C Cornelius Edison – After spending most of the last two seasons on the practice squad, Edison was called up late this season and appeared in three of the Bears last four games. A former DII All-American center, Edison has made significant strides the last two seasons and has a shot to be a top reserve at both center and guard in 2017.