Chicago Bears: 5 Best free agent signings by Ryan Pace

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Chicago Bears, Prince Amukamara
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Prince Amukamara

The next free agent that has done well during Ryan Pace’s tenure as general manager of the Chicago Bears is Prince Amukamara. Amukamara was brought in on a one-year deal. He proved himself in his first season by starting 12 games and recording 48 combined tackles (45 solos). Amukamara did not grab any interceptions, but he did have seven pass deflections.  His performance earned him a three-year, $27 million dollar contract.

Amukamara only played out two of those three years, but he was a solid addition nonetheless. His 2018 season was better than his 2019. His drop off in performance plus the Chicago Bears’ salary-cap situation in 2020 led to him becoming a salary-cap casualty.

During his 2018 season, Amukamara only allowed a 57.3 percent completion percentage when he was targeted. He recorded three interceptions and allowed three touchdowns on 89 targets in his direction. This led to a 75.3 quarterback rating when being targeted. 2019 was not the same. He was targeted 71 times and let up 47 catches for a 66.2 completion percentage. He let up 657 yards and two touchdowns.

The Bears are now without a starting corner to play opposite of Kyle Fuller. Currently, the team has Tre Roberson, Kevin Toliver and now Artie Burns to compete at the position. That said, they clearly need to look to either draft one (this is a weak draft class at cornerback) or find a way to bring another body into the fold.