Some people aren’t second-chance givers, but I am.
So when I saw this transaction cross the wires, I nodded with intrigue:
The Chicago Bears are brining back cornerback Artie Burns on a one-year contract. If the name sounds familiar, that’s because the Bears signed Burns last offseason as part of their wave of depth signings. The 2016 first-round pick came to Chicago in search of a soft landing and new beginnings. Unfortunately, an ACL injury he suffered in training camp put an end to the dreams of a bounce-back year.
But this is where a second-chance comes into play.
Chicago’s secondary coaching has been superb in recent years. Dating back to the Vic Fangio era with John Fox, the Bears have been able to squeeze out quality seasons from unexpected areas, particularly at cornerback. Tracy Porter, Cre’Von LeBlanc, Bryce Callahan, and Prince Amukamara are among those who come to mind. Perhaps Burns — who has a first-round pedigree, a lot to prove, and has already been watched by this coaching staff — could be next. After all, he already has first-team reps under his belt from his first stint with the Bears last year.