What does the Chicago Bears depth chart look like at the safety position?
With this time between the free-agency spending spree and the 2020 NFL draft, we have a good chance to look at the Chicago Bears depth chart. What does the depth chart say about areas of weakness or depth that needs to be added in the NFL draft? Today, we look at safety.
1. Eddie Jackson
Eddie Jackson played more in the box last season and his accounting stats suffered. Still, the Bears saw the same player and gave him a big extension before the market drove up his price tag. With Haha Clinton-Dix moving on, the question will be whether he plays more single-high or not.
2. Deon Bush
Bush has always played well when called upon, although that is a small sample. He got a contract that is a little more than just a special teamer, but less than a typical starter. Bush will get a chance to fight for a starting shot next to Jackson regardless, but he certainly will be watching the draft closely to see what the Bears think of him.
3. Jordan Lucas
Lucas signed a veteran minimum salary deal and played just 44 snaps on defense last year. Most were at free safety as well. Still, he provides depth at free safety where arguably, the Bears do not have any.
4. DeAndre Houston-Carson
Houston-Carson and Lucas have the same cap hit. It can be argued DHC should be ahead as he has been a better special teamer and may be more likely to get on the field due to being a strong safety than Lucas. Still, the way to look at it is that Lucas would backup Jackson and DHC would back up Bush as of today.
5. Kentrell Brice
Brice spent 2016-18 with the Packers. He spent training camp in 2019 with the Bucs and was let go. That led to him signing an XFL contract. His little XFL experience was enough for the Bears to add him to a depleted safety room. His cap hit is slight less than DHC and Lucas, but he certainly could beat out both if given a chance.