5 players the Bears can target to replace Prince Amukamara
Bears say goodbye to Prince Amukamara
The Bears released veteran cornerback Prince Amukamara Friday in a move that was less about Amukamara's play on the field than it is about his inflated cap hit in 2020, which was scheduled to be $10 million.
By releasing Amukamara, the Bears free up $9 million to spend in free agency which they could decide to use on finding a replacement in the starting lineup.
Free agency won't be the only option for GM Ryan Pace to land a starting cornerback, however, as the 2020 NFL draft has a talented crop of prospects who will still be available in the second round.
Here are five players the Bears can target as potential replacements for Amukamara.
Byron Jones, Cowboys
Jones may be a bit of a stretch here, considering he's likely to be the highest-paid cornerback in free agency this offseason. That said, if Ryan Pace is going to take a swing at the position in March, he might as well swing for the fences.
The problem with Jones is his lack of turnover production; he has zero interceptions over the last two seasons and just two in his five-year career. But he's a diverse talent who has played both safety and cornerback for the Cowboys, and would bring an elite level of athletic ability to Chicago's secondary.
Bradley Roby, Texans
Roby looked like a budding superstar during his first couple of seasons in the league with the Broncos but a down year in 2018 forced him to take a one-year deal with the Texans in 2019. He responded by having a strong season that included two interceptions and was the Texans' best cover corner despite missing six games.
His health has always been a concern and the Bears will have to do their due diligence before making a big offer to him, but he has as much upside as any cornerback in this year's free-agent class.
Kendall Fuller, Chiefs
How cool would it be for the Fuller brothers to line up as the starting cornerbacks for the Bears? With Prince Amukamara out of town, it could become a reality.
Fuller split time between cornerback and safety for the Chiefs in 2019 but has proven to be a capable playmaker as a cornerback during his time with the Redskins, including a four-interception season in 2017. He probably won't cost as much as some of the bigger-name free agents at the position either.
Damon Arnette, Ohio State
The 'other' cornerback at Ohio State, Arnette has the kind of upside to be a better pro than college player. He's aggressive in press coverage and possesses the quick-twitch athleticism that usually translates into success in the NFL.
There's a chance Arnette sneaks into the end of the first round but if he's still on the board at the start of Day 2, expect Ryan Pace to target him with the No. 43 pick.
Trevon Diggs, Alabama
Like Damon Arnette, Diggs could end up being a first-round pick by the time the 2020 NFL draft is all said and done. For now, he profiles as an early second-round prospect who offers immediate starter's upside.
Diggs is a prototype boundary corner who would be a strong complement to Kyle Fuller in Year 1 of his career.