I See That Jordan Howard Is Available, But I Don’t Think There's a Bears Fit

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I See That Jordan Howard Is Available, But I Don’t Think There’s a Bears Fit

Chicago Bears

An old friend is on the cusp of searching for a new home.

Jordan Howard, who was with the Bears from 2015-18, is out in Miami:

Howard, 26, scored four touchdowns in five games he appeared in with the Dolphins. But was inactive on Sunday and was averaging 1.2 yards per carry on the 28 attempts this year. Miami signed Howard to be part of a running backs room on South Beach after he averaged 4.4 yards per carry in 10 games with the Eagles in 2019. But he fell out of favor, tumbled down the depth chart, and never got going. If Howard signs with another team once he clears waivers, he’ll be on his fourth team in three seasons.

Unless, of course, he finds his way back to the Bears. And for what it’s worth, Chicago could use reinforcements in the backfield. With Tarik Cohen on IR and David Montgomery in concussion protocol, another experienced body in their running backs room would be nice. But Howard isn’t the multi-purpose explosive back this offense needs to thrive. And judging by the general decline in production since 2018 — in which he has averaged 3.8 yards per carry over 31 games — it’s tough to imagine Howard as a fit for this team or a solution to its problems.

This isn’t to say there isn’t a role for Jordan Howard in this Bears offense. Because we learned last year that Howard alone wasn’t the problem, and that there’s a niche to be carved in this scheme. It’s just that the version of Howard who could fit that role currently doesn’t exist.

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Author: Luis Medina

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