Which way is the stock trending on Chicago Bears cornerback Buster Skrine
There were questions surrounding Buster Skrine when the Chicago Bears signed him from the New York Jets. Skrine had a history with concussions and was coming off of a poor year. However, the Bears saved money moving on from Bryce Callahan and were hoping a change of scenery could do Skrine wonders.
The Chicago Bears defense was not as dominant in 2019 as it was in 2018. However, that had nothing to do with Skrine. Akiem Hicks and Danny Trevathan were hurt, and Prince Amukamara was not as dominant as he was in 2018. Skrine may not have been as elite as Callahan, who was excellent in 2018. Still, Skrine was overall effective in 2019. He showed that earned his money, and in comparison to Bryce Callahan, was a no brainer signing. Of course, Callahan did not even get on the field.
Heading into 2020, there is nothing but positive to be had from Buster Skrine. There is an argument to be made that his stock could trend down as the year goes on. Duke Shelley is entering year two and was supposedly on the heels of Skrine last year. With more time, can Shelley push Skrine even further? Beyond that, Kindle Vildor was drafted. He has played outside throughout his career, but with Jaylon Johnson drafted ahead of him to play outside, the slot is not off of the table. Did they draft him because they do not buy into a repeat from Skrine?
Overall, it seems as though Skrine may not be in their 2021 plans, even though they expect him to start in 2020. Still, they do expect him to start in 2020, and Bears fans are much confident seeing him in their defense than they were last year when they had no clue how he was going to fit.