Chicago Bears: Discounted free agent corners who can replace Prince Amukamara

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Chicago Bears, Eli Apple
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Eli Apple

Many people probably recognize the name of the next option. Eli Apple is a former first-round draft pick. He was picked 10th overall by the New York Giants in 2016. He has not lived up to those expectations and had some issues while with the Giants.

He was suspended during his second season in the NFL and superstar safety Landon Collins called him a cancer in the locker room. Apple was considered immature and was not putting the time and work in off the field in order to prepare for games.

During his third season (2018), Apple was traded to the New Orleans Saints for a fourth-round and seventh-round pick. Apple was a backup for the Saints in 2019 as he played behind Janoris Jenkins and Marshon Lattimore. He might be willing to take a cheaper contract to play for a team where he has an opportunity to start in 2020.

Adding Apple to this team comes with some risk. He is not the best corner out there, but if the Bears want to improve in other areas, he is a cheap option they could add. Do not forget, Kevin Toliver could start and Apple might be a backup here in Chicago too.

Apple only has three interceptions during his four seasons in the NFL. That said, in a backup role he still racked up 53 solo tackles last season. If the Bears could sign Apple for a $3 to $4 million AAV it could be an ideal situation and give Ryan Pace another $4 to $5 million to throw at other positions like the offensive line or tight end.