The Chicago Bears added depth at the safety position on Sunday, signing Jordan Lucas to a one-year deal. He’ll have the chance to earn playing time.
Lucas was a sixth-round draft pick out of Penn State in the 2016 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. During his time at Happy Valley, he tallied 181 total tackles, including 11 for loss, with four sacks, three interceptions, and 25 pass deflections.
During his rookie year, he played in just eight games and recorded two tackles. The Dolphins waived him before the start of the 2017 campaign, but he landed on their practice roster. They cut ties with him before the 2018 season, trading him to the Kansas City Chiefs.
In 2018, Lucas played in all 16 games, including four starts, and recorded 32 total tackles with one tackle for loss. He also hauled in an interception. Last year was a bit of a letdown for Lucas as he recorded just seven tackles in 14 games.
He saw just four percent of the defensive snaps for the Super Bowl Champions and primarily played on special teams. Honestly, I don’t see him having a strong contribution to the Bears roster. If anything, he’ll just be brought in for competition at the strong safety position with the potential to stick on special teams.
This past week, the Bears brought Deon Bush back on a one-year deal as well. Heading into the 2020 NFL Draft, it would appear that Bush has an inside track on the starting job. But regardless of who plays at strong safety, Eddie Jackson will be moving back to his natural position at free safety where he had a terrific season in 2018.