3. Isaiah Irving and James Vaughters
The Bears haven’t invested too much in the depth behind Khalil Mack and his opposite rusher. Kylie Fitts was sixth-round pick but was beat out by UDFAs in Isaiah Irving and James Vaughters. Adding depth to these two back end-of-the-roster rushers was needed this offseason.
The Bears signed Barkevious Mingo, who may have been a bust, but has been a special teams asset in recent years. That gets him a roster spot. Then, the Bears traded a future pick to draft Trevis Gipson. They wanted depth at the edge rusher spot right now and did not want to wait any longer.
This may be the end of the road for Irving, who has been with the Bears for three seasons. That is a great run for a UDFA, but he is not under team control beyond this year and has not progressed beyond special teams. Vaughters is entering year two with the Bears. He is on his rookie scale salary for the next three seasons, which does give him a head up on Irving. Still, there is no guarantee either makes it.
Gipson, the fifth-round pick, could join Mingo and complete the group at four. If they want a fifth edge rusher, both are going to have to earn it. They are not keeping six, so the pressure is going to be on these names entering 2020.