Block or Not: Adrian Amos

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Adrian Amos turned in a solid campaign in 2017. What does that mean for his future?

It’s been a bit of a roller coaster for Adrian Amos’ Chicago Bears’ career. Amos was selected in the fifth round by Ryan Pace back in 2015. There’s never much expectation for fifth-round picks, but Amos came in and earned a starting position and turned in a solid rookie campaign.

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Amos wasn’t flashy and didn’t force any turnovers, but he was a steady tackler who was usually in the right place at the right time. Thanks to his solid rookie campaign, Amos entered his second season as the Bears’ starting safety.

Season two did not go as well as season one. Amos struggled, frequently getting beat in pass coverage and even missing some open field tackles. By the end of the 2016 season, Pace figured it was time to find another safety and the Bears entered 2017 with a starting safety pairing of rookie Eddie Jackson and free agent acquisition Quintin Demps. Amos was relegated to the pine.

Fortunately for Amos (and unfortunately for Demps), Demps was injured early in the season and Amos moved back into the starting role and didn’t disappoint. He turned in his best season as a pro, in fact, Pro Football Focus called Amos one of the best safeties in the league.

Amos is entering the final year of his rookie contract. The Bears have certain players they want to extend like Cameron Meredith and Eddie Goldman. Bryce Callahan is an RFA and is also most likely a higher priority than extending Amos.

The Bears may choose to extend Amos if they can lock him in at an affordable price, but at the same time, it’s hard to imagine that the Bears see Amos as a cornerstone piece to the defense. However, the Bears may also see Amos as a solid contributor that could be replaceable but may see it as why fill a hole that doesn’t exist?

Amos is one of the more interesting candidates in the block or not series. The Bears could commit to him and know he’s going to put in a solid effort, but also know that there will be plenty of safeties that could surpass him as well. The Bears have holes to fill, will they create another one at safety? At this point, the odds are that Amos sticks.

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