Another Depth Signing! This Time It is Ex-Panthers RB D’Onta Foreman
If the Chicago Bears are trying to make D.J. Moore as comfortable as possible upon arrival by signing familiar faces to help with the transition, then they’re doing a good job.
And while doing so, they are making practical additions to a Bears roster that needs a whole lot of filling out.
Last night, it was former Carolina Panthers quarterback P.J. Walker signing with Chicago to be Justin Fields’ backup. One day later, the Bears are reportedly bringing on former Panthers running back D’Onta Foreman on a one-year deal:
Foreman’s one-year, $3 million deal is the latest modest addition to the backfield.
The Texas product joins recently signed Travis Homer as the newest Bears running backs. I’m not sure if Chicago will do a true running back by committee this season. However, GM Ryan Poles has moved quickly to add some fresh faces after watching David Montgomery leave for the Detroit Lions. And if they want to deploy a rushing attack that features Khalil Herbert, Trestan Ebner, Homer, and Foreman, then you can consider my interest to be piqued.
Foreman, 26, is coming off a season in which he ran for 914 yards and scored five touchdowns. In looking through Foreman’s numbers, I was hoping he was someone who could add something out of the backfield as a receiver. Unfortunately, Foreman didn’t provide much there (5 catches, 26 yards). But I see that 4.5 yards per carry average as being respectable. The Bears can work with that from a reserve back with starting experience. Plus, the Foreman signing still leaves room for the Bears to add more to the position group by trade or via the draft. But we don’t need to go down those rabbit holes at this moment.
Within the last hour, the Bears have done well to add along the margins. Signing Foreman and tight end Robert Tonyan helps build out some much-needed depth. I hope more similar signings are coming soon. All hands on deck. And all doors are open if you fit what this team is looking for in short-term additions who have a glimmer of upside.