There is no such thing as too much competition at the cornerback position. So it should come as no surprise that the Bears brought in free agent cornerback Kayvon Webster for a visit, according to NFL Network insider Mike Garafolo.
Webster, 28, was a third-round pick by the Broncos in 2013 and was a member of the team’s Super Bowl championship-winning squad in 2015. The six-year pro has just two interceptions to his name in 67 career games, but he started two games for the Texans in 2018 in an injury-shortened season, and another 11 in 2017 for the Rams before landing on injured reserve.
Kyle Fuller, Prince Amukamara, and Buster Skrine are locked in as starters, but that shouldn’t keep the Bears from considering outside depth options.
Internally, Sherrick McManis returns and is a fine reserve nickle back, but keeping him in a role as a special teams ace is probably the best-case scenario. Beyond those four known commodities, the Bears are loaded with youthful players with upside who are otherwise unproven.
Kevin Toliver II has minimal NFL experience, while John Franklin III, Michael Joseph, and Jonathon Mincy chewed up plenty of preseason minutes last year, but didn’t crack the 53 man roster. Lump in late-round draft picks Duke Shelley and Stephen Denmark as developmental projects, and it doesn’t take a much to see where the Bears could use an experienced player like Webster – even if it is just for depth purposes.
There is always room for more competition in the secondary, especially when you remember how often the quarterbacks in Detroit, Minnesota, and Green Bay sling it. So even though it looks like the Bears have plenty of it on their roster right now, it doesn’t look like GM Ryan Pace is going to stop sorting through possibilities any time soon.