CHICAGO – The Chicago Bears continued to add to their roster on Saturday, signing three more players to new deals on the afternoon.
The most important acquisition on the afternoon was the three year deal, with former Arizona Cardinals defensive back Marcus Cooper. Cooper, 27, a four year veteran was selected as a Pro Bowl alternate this past season after enjoying his best season in the NFL. Cooper recorded 63 tackles for the Cardinals while tallying a career-high four interceptions. Cooper spent his first three seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs.
The addition of Cooper and former New York Giants first-round draft pick Prince Amukamara, which was announced yesterday and made official this morning, gives the Bears a pair of talented young defensive backs to help turn around one of the worst secondaries in the NFL.
The next move on the afternoon addressed the wide receiver position, with the team inking former Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kendall Wright to a one year deal worth $4 million dollars.
Wright, 27, was drafted by the Titans with the 20th overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft out of the University of Baylor. Wright displayed a lot of promise during his first two seasons in the NFL, catching 64 passes for 626 yards in his rookie campaign in 2012, and 94 passes for 1,079 yards in his sophomore season with the Titans.
Since then Wright has seen his numbers decline in each of the past three seasons, recording 57, 36, and 29 receptions in each of the past three seasons respectively. Wright has also missed 13 games due to various injuries since that time, including four in 2016 due to a nagging hamstring injury. Wright is not considered to be a deep threat, but if healthy, has the potential to make some plays out of the slot over the middle for the Bears, a perfect low-risk acquisition that fits well with new quarterback Mike Glennon who is known as a short-medium range passer when he is at his best to this point in his career.
The teams final move of the afternoon came when they signed former Atlanta Falcons offensive tackle Tom Compton to a one year deal. Compton, 27, was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the 6th round of the 2012 NFL Draft, and played the 2016 season with the Atlanta Falcons.
While Compton appeared in all 16 of the Falcons games in 2016, none of those appearances were as a starter. Compton’s addition will give the Bears some added depth at the right tackle spot, one that the team wanted to address due to reliability questions surrounding Bobbie Massie. The Bears originally targeted former Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Ricky Wagner this week, before Wagner opted to instead sign with the Detroit Lions.
The two additions this afternoon join the Bears crop of new additions since Thursday afternoon marked the beginning of the NFL free-agency period, those players include Mike Glennon, Quintin Demps, Markus Wheaton, Dion Sims, and Prince Amukamara.