5 free agent cornerbacks connected to Chicago Bears coaching staff
3. Why Justin Coleman could sign with Chicago Bears
This may be a bit more of a loose connection, but it is a good one nonetheless. In 2017 and 2018 the Seattle Seahawks defensive back coach was Andre Curtis. Now, Curtis is the Chicago Bears safeties coach.
He would not directly work with Justin Coleman, but for two seasons he did work with him and could give the Chicago Bears coaches good insight into what he may bring. This could help because the team is in need of a slot cornerback. Coleman is a strict slot cornerback, but he is a good one when he is one his game.
He was a game-changing complement to a team that had Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, and Earl Thomas. Still, he is not a game-changing player himself. When the Detroit Lions paid him, it came off as an overpay and they did not get their money’s worth.
On the flip side, when he was on the field with Xavien Howard and Byron Jones last season, it looked like he was back to being a strong slot option. The issue is that his season ended with an injury.
Still, that could help Chicago because it will suppress his attraction in free agency and have him lean on connections such as his best two seasons being with Curtis in Seattle.
Coleman is still 29, so on a cheap deal with little guarantees, he could be a great addition to start in the slot for a season to try to boost his value the following year.