6. Nicholas Morrow
Nicholas Morrow signed a one-year $2.5M deal with the Chicago Bears. Morrow was coming off of a year where he missed the entire season, so this was a bit of a bet on his talent. The bet came through, especially when you consider health. After missing the entire season, the only reason Morrow missed a snap last season was an equipment issue.
He played over 99% of the Chicago Bears defensive snaps, which is 12% more than any other player on the roster. This was a defense that was banged up, and on the field often, and Morrow was there to live through it all.
Beyond that, he was a stable presence. The run defense issues were not his fault, and often when he had a lane he made a tackle. The Chicago Bears just had too many free blockers in level two for the linebackers to help.
The team has a tough decision to re-sign Morrow or look for a similar player who they can sign cheaply and see turn into a value. Still, even if they do not sign Morrow, getting a full-time player for 17 games at the price they paid is a bargain. His signing was so good it may give the team confidence that they can find someone like him again. This was an A.
Nicolas Morrow grade: A