We have officially signed DB Bryce Callahan to his restricted free agent tender. pic.twitter.com/K6EBcmb4Ls
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) April 17, 2018
Restricted free agent cornerback Bryce Callahan signed his contract tender and will be back in the fold as the Bears’ top nickel cornerback in 2018. The low-round tender (which was the same one given to wide receiver Cameron Meredith) will pay Callahan $1.907 million for one year.
Callahan has carved out a niche role as the team’s best slot corner since signing with the team as an undrafted free agent in 2015. After starting his career on the Bears’ practice squad, Callahan joined the active roster in October 2015 and has played 32 games (with 19 starts) in three seasons. Callahan had his best season in 2017 by Pro Football Focus standards. His 82.9 grade ranked 31st among 121 qualifying cornerbacks. It’s not like he was a one-year wonder, either. Callahan owned what was graded as the most notable performance by a slot cornerback in 2016.
The one hang-up regarding Callahan is that the Rice University product has yet to play a full 16-game season and missed a handful of games in 2017. Other than that, Callahan has been quite the find by GM Ryan Pace.
Callahan’s playing time has increased with each year, as has his PFF grade. So if you’re feeling optimistic, you’ll see the arrow as pointing up on a player whose role has increased in each season. If current trends continue, the 2018 season could be a breakout campaign for a player in his walk year.