The Bears suffered in 2016 from a failure to generate turnovers, highlighted by a lack of interceptions that saw their safeties pick off exactly one pass from the 530 passes thrown by their opponents. As of mid-Thursday they had agreed on a new contract for former Houston Texans safety Quintin Demps, who collected 6 interceptions of his own in 2016.
Demps, whose tied for second in the NFL last season with his interception total, tweeted an alert to Chicago after wrapping up what the Houston Chronicle reported as a three-year contract worth potentially $13.5 million. Earlier the Bears had made overtures for Arizona Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson but lost out to the Baltimore Ravens.
The Bears represent the fifth NFL team for Demps, including two stints with the Texans. He was a fourth-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2008 out of UTEP. He has 18 career interceptions and has been used in kick returns as well.
Demps, who turns 32 in July, is primarily a strong safety, listed at 5-11, 208 pounds. He was credited with 4 tackles in the game-one Texans win over the Bears in Houston. He represents the Bears' second effort in three years to fill needs at safety with a 30-something veteran, with Antrel Rolle coming in for 2015 but being released after that season.