Bears Re-Sign Devante Bond to Help With Linebacker Depth

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Bears Re-Sign Devante Bond to Help With Linebacker Depth

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The Chicago Bears have re-signed an inside linebacker before he hits the free agent market.

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Inside linebacker Devante Bond has re-signed with the Bears on a one-year deal. It isn’t a splashy signing, but one that provides some depth among a position group that has Danny Trevathan, Nick Kwiatkoski, and Kevin Pierre-Louis on the cusp of hitting free agency when the new league year begins.

The Bears signed Bond on December 9 when fellow linebacker Roquan Smith was placed on injured reserve. Bond was a sixth-round pick by the Buccaneers in 2016, but started just six of the 25 games he played with the team in his first two years in the league. After joining the Bears late in 2019, the 26-year-old linebacker  didn’t play any defensive snaps in the four games he appeared in last season, but appeared on 35 plays on the special teams unit. That figures to be main his role should he make the team out of training camp in 2020.

Even after re-signing Bond to keep him in the fold for 2020, the Bears still have serious needs at inside linebacker. This position group still could see a significant overhaul in the offseason if all three sign free agent contracts elsewhere. But after clearing up more than $13 million salary cap with yesterday’s cuts, perhaps there is an increased chance one of the pending free agents finds their way back to Chicago.

Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.