The Bears took the first step in addressing their concerns at safety on Friday morning, bringing Deon Bush back on a one-year deal:
Free-agent safety Deon Bush is signing back with the Bears on a one-year, $1.4 million deal, per @RosenhausSports.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 20, 2020
Bush was a fourth-round pick out of the University of Miami in 2016, and has seen his role on defense and special teams grow with each season. He appeared in 11 games (starting six) during his rookie season, 13 the next year, and 15 in each season since. Through the first 54 games of his career, Bush has started eight while logging 37 solo tackles, one sack and one forced fumble.
The move comes only hours after last year's starting strong safety, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, signed a one-year, $4 million deal with the Dallas Cowboys. The Bears very may well go into training camp with Bush as the presumptive starter next to Eddie Jackson – who the team extended earlier this offseason. With the secondary still being a position of need for GM Ryan Pace, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Bears take a safety early in the draft and go into camp with a competition.
The move also points to a philsophical change at the position, to Jackson's benefit:
Reminder: Deon Bush was one of the stars of Bourbonnais last year despite the arrival of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. He's from the U — same as Chuck Pagano — and could really fit nicely playing closer to the box and freeing up Eddie Jackson to do what he does best. #Bears— Arthur Arkush (@ArthurArkush) March 20, 2020