The Chicago Bears have committed to three non-starters for the 2019 season, but that doesn’t mean the commitment wasn’t important.
The Chicago Bears are making moves to bolster their roster for 2019.
While signing Ha Ha Clinton-Dix may make most of the headlines, sometimes it’s the news that goes under the radar that also can impact the team.
The Chicago Bears took care of some of their own.
All three of those moves are great moves by Ryan Pace. Put aside Cody Parkey, that news we already knew.
Let’s start with Isaiah Irving. Irving is still developing as an edge. He isn’t ready to be the third edge on the roster, but he can comfortably be the fourth edge. The only other edge on the roster was Kylie Fitts who struggled as a rookie and you have to wonder if he will make the roster in 2019. Irving has shown flashes of talent and could develop into a solid rotational edge as early as this season.
Rashaad Coward is a former defensive lineman that the Bears have converted to the offensive side of the ball. Coward was impressive during training camp and preseason in 2018, so much so that the Bears didn’t feel they could stash him on the practice squad for another season (in fear that another team would swipe him) and he made the 53-man roster. He wasn’t active much on game days, but this year you should expect Coward to take another step forward and become one of the Bears main subs along the offensive line.
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Last and certainly not least is Roy Robertson-Harris. RRH has developed into a solid rotational defensive lineman for Chicago. He has jumped former third round pick Jonathan Bullard and finds himself as the team’s top defensive end sub behind Akiem Hicks and Bilal Nichols.
All three of these players will be key contributors for the 2019 Chicago Bears.
It should be noted that all three are exclusive rights free agents (ERFA). All three of these players are more UDFA finds from Pace. After accruing three years, they become ERFAs where they can only negotiate a contract with their current team.
The Bears roster is starting to come into shape, and with more decisions to be made, it’s looking just as stout as the 2018 roster that went 12-4 and made the playoffs.