Chicago Bears bring back a key free agent and re-sign four more

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Chicago Bears, Josh Woods
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The Chicago Bears re-signed Josh Woods and James Vaughters

Josh Woods – ILB

Up next, the team decided to re-sign Josh Woods. If any of you listen to local sports talk radio, you may remember Josh Woods becoming part of a storyline last season. Many local media radio talking heads were frustrated by the fact Josh Woods was interviewed during halftime as opposed to a player who actually sees playing time on defense.

These radio personalities took it too far though stating they had no idea who Josh Woods was and did not realize he was even on the team. If that’s the case, how can we listen to anything they have to say? I called out two of them on Twitter.

Well, hopefully, they will remember him in year three as the Chicago Bears re-signed him today as well. Last season, Woods played in 15 games. He saw 46 snaps (4%) on defense in a reserve role, but also played on 60% of the special teams snaps. He is merely a special teams player, but those guys are essential too.

James Vaughters – OLB

The Chicago Bears also brought back James Vaughters today. Vaughters, like Woods, is more of a reserve player. However, Vaughters actually saw 23 percent of the team’s defensive snaps last season. In 2020, Vaughters finished with 19 tackles, 1.5 sacks and two tackles-for-loss. He will make for a solid rotational guy at the backend of the roster in 2021.