Just when I was thinking about how much fun I’ll have this spring during what figures to be a busy transaction period, the Chicago Bears are giving me an early taste of what might be coming.
There are a bunch of transactions coming down as we speak, so let’s run them down.
A New QB
Firstly, the Bears are adding a new quarterback to the mix. NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reports the team is signing Tim Boyle off the Lions’ practice squad.
Boyle, 28, joins the Bears’ active roster with Justin Fields (shoulder) and Trevor Siemian (oblique) set to start the week on the injury report. Boyle has 16 games (3 starts) of NFL playing experience under his belt and has spent time with Bears Offensive Coordinator Luke Getsy when the two were in Green Bay together in 2019-2020. That Boyle could perhaps provide an added incentive of knowing how the Packers operate could be an additional incentive here. But let’s be clear, this is a move that was put into motion because of the Bears’ injury issues at quarterback. Should Fields and/or Siemian be unable to give it a go, Nathan Peterman — who remains on the Bears’ practice squad — could be elevated onto the active roster for a second consecutive week.
More Help For the Defensive Line
A defensive line that hasn’t done much to establish itself in the trenches is getting a new, warm body to get down and dirty:
The Tribune’s Brad Biggs reports defensive tackle Andrew Brown is signing with the Bears’ active roster. There was a spot open when today started. And another one came about when defensive back Dane Cruikshank was slid onto injured reserve. Cruikshank, a core special teams contributor, re-aggravated a hamstring issue that had been limiting him in practice in recent weeks. The IR stint takes him out of action for at least the next four weeks. But considering the recent flare-up of hamstring issues, this one could sideline him for the rest of the year.
As for Brown, the 26-year-old was a Bengals fifth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. He has 23 games (1 start) of experience with the Bengals (2019-20), Texans (2020), and Chargers (2021). The University of Virginia product has alsp spent time with the Colts, Titans, and Cardinals in camp, as a practice squad member, or as someone on a 90-player roster. Brown, who checks in at 6-3 and 290 pounds, has 1.0 sack, 1 tackle-for-loss, and 3 quarterback hits on his résumé. It’s not much to write home about, but it is another warm body for the line.
The roster shuffling is something else right now. And it’s been part of a busy week where the Bears have already put Eddie Jackson and Darnell Mooney on IR. More to come (in more ways than one) later.