Grading Ryan Poles 10 biggest free agent moves as Chicago Bears GM
3. Al-Quadin Muhammad
Al-Quadin Muhammad signed a two-year, $8M deal with the Chicago Bears. Nobody was surprised by the move because Matt Eberflus was the defensive coordinator of the team that drafted him late, and watched him grow into an NFL player.
There may be a world where Muhammad is a fine complementary edge rusher, but they were asking him to do far too much this season. He hardly won at all as a pass rusher, and that is his strength. His strength is certainly not run defense, as teams ran all over him and the Chicago Bears.
Muhammad essentially had to play as Robert Quinn got traded, and both Trevis Gipson and Dominique Robinson started to hit the wall. Still, he brought almost nothing to the table, so you cannot give the signing much credit for all of the snaps played.
The team tried to stick with a familiar name and it did not work. They may want to keep him for that second year, and use him as a fourth edge rusher, but with Robinson and Gipson still signed, they also could be looking to move on. This was not a successful move.
Al-Quadin Muhammad signing grade: D-