CHICAGO – The Chicago Bears made their first move of the offseason in regards to addressing their dismal secondary on Thursday morning, acquiring former Houston Texans safety, Quintin Demps. The Deal, first reported by Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle this morning is reportedly worth $13.5 million dollars over the next three years.
The deal will have an AAV of $4.5 million dollars, which puts the bears at roughly $19.5 million dollars committed to new free-agents in 2017 with the reported $15 million dollars that newly signed quarterback Mike Glennon will receive in year one of his new three year deal, leaving the Bears with plenty of flexibility to make more additions via free-agency.
The Bears ranked 24th on the defensive side of the ball in 2016, largely due to their secondary that featured the likes of Harold Jones-Quartey, Deon Bush, and Adrian Amos. Demps actually had five more interceptions in 2016 than Jones-Quartey, Bush, and Amos had combined. The Bears entire secondary only had eight as a unit in 2016.
Demps, 31, was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft, and has played nine seasons in the NFL thus far with the Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants and Houston Texans. In 2016 with the Texans Demps started 13 games and recorded 55 tackles, while totaling six interceptions and a forced fumble at the strong safety position.
Demps has recorded 278 tackles, 18 interceptions, 45 passes defended, four forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries over the course of 107 games to this point in his career, and has only started more than 10 games in a single season twice in his career (2015, 2016). Despite being 32-years-old by week one of the 2017 NFL season, Demps has a lot of mileage left on his legs due to his light workload in the beginning of his career.
Either way Demps will surely be a positive addition to the Bears struggling secondary, a unit that is currently one of the worst in the NFL, as Demps played a pivotal role in the Houston Texans second ranked passing defense in 2016. The Bears will still need to further address the secondary either via free-agency or the NFL Draft next month, and are rumored to be making a push for Texans cornerback A.J. Bouye this morning.
According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, Bouye has informed the Texans that he will not be returning to Houston, and will be signing elsewhere. The Texans offered Bouye as much as $12 million dollars per year, and one would have to believe that after missing out on Stephon Gilmore this morning, the Bears are in play on the Bouye signing.
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