The Bears lack of cap space this offseason will force Ryan Pace to dig a little bit deeper to fill out his roster with talent.
Depending on what the open market brings, the team might not be able to re-sign both Adrian Amos and Bryce Callahan.
The free agent cornerback crop isn’t particularly deep, but the Bears should still have a few options if they can’t bring back their standout slot defender.
Pro Football Focus thinks a reunion with one of Matt Nagy’s former players could in the mix at the position.
They see Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Steven Nelson as an ideal fit for Chicago.
“With both Bryce Callahan and Adrian Amos set to hit free agency, the Bears could very well need to bolster a secondary that developed into one of the best playmaking units in the NFL last year. Nelson turned into a playmaker himself in 2018, logging 10 pass breakups and four interceptions while allowing a catch rate of only 53.1 percent in his coverage.”
2018 was Nelson’s first season as a starting outside cornerback for the Chiefs after he played the slot role in his first three seasons.
He might be seeking a bigger role (and paycheck) as a true starter, but if his market doesn’t materialize the way he wants, Nelson could be a nice replacement in the slot with the potential to take over on the outside sometime down the line.
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