After missing out on the top tier of free agent cornerbacks, the Chicago Bears were left to sort through the remaining options, among whom former New York Giant and Jacksonville Jaguar Prince Amukamara was one of the better ones …
Bears will be signing former Giants, Jags CB Prince Amukamara, source says.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 10, 2017
Well, hey, there’s a thing!
As Luis noted this morning, Amukamara graded out at PFF as an average or slightly above average corner in 2016, and that could be a healthy upgrade for the Bears, who last year had Tracy Porter for arguably the worst season of his career, and missed former first round pick Kyle Fuller for the entire season. On paper, right now, Amukamara would project as a starter, with Porter the other.
Amukamara, 27, will be getting a one-year deal, according to reports. You could argue that this kind of value signing makes more sense for the Bears than a huge commitment to Stephon Gilmore or A.J. Bouye would have, given where the team is right now. I don’t know that I’m quite ready to make that argument myself, but I could certainly understand it if you did.
The Bears will still be looking to add to the position in a very deep draft class, but hopefully Amukamara will provide some stability to a secondary that was downright terrible in 2016.