Where is the stock of Nick Kwiatowski heading into training camp?
As the Chicago Bears head into the summer offseason, there should not be much news to take away. The Bears finished their OTA sessions so it is a great time to look back at every player and see how their stock has fared this offseason. Sometimes, it could be the actions of someone else that will affect the roster status or potential upside of a player.
With that in mind, did Nick Kwiatkoski see a rise or a fall in his stock this offseason?
His offseason certainly started on the rise. He was awarded a $2-million raise due to performance escalators in his rookie contract. Essentially, he played more than his draft status entailed.
However, the good did not necessarily continue from there. The Bears signed Kevin Pierre-Louis who is not a household name, but one that Kwiatkoski knows all too well by now. Pierre-Louis signed with the Chiefs back when Matt Nagy was there and helped on special teams for the most part.
Kwiatkoski earned his raise, and now is due a contract extension after this season. The Bears may see Kwiatkoski is a similar way to Jordan Howard, who received a similar bonus. The team outproduced their draft slot but were limited on upside. The Bears may not look to reward either, and Pierre-Louis could be the Mike Davis to Kwiatkoski getting the Howard treatment.
Kwiatkoski obviously has made it farther than Howard, but it is tough to say that the Chicago Bears will be looking to extend him before the start of the season. If a similar offer comes in to one that they got from Howard, they certainly may entertain it.
Look for Kwiatkoski to see his stock rise in camp as the Bears try to add value to their asset but in the big picture, Kwiatkoski may not be rising his stock in Chicago.