A.J. Desai

The Bears Brawl contributor

The first week of the 2019 NFL Free Agency is behind us now. There was plenty of money flying around on players like always. There were smart deals and some head-scratching deals. It is time to take a look at all the deals that the Chicago Bears have made and what that means for the rest of the offseason.


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Buster Skrine: Once we saw this signing it was pretty much goodbye to Bryce. Many were hoping for his return though. Buster will play a very good role as that nickel CB. He is quick and can help with Pagano’s “Wreak havoc” defense. Here is what the deal looks like for Buster:


– 3 years for $16.5 Million.

– $8.5 Million guaranteed.

– Potential out after 2 years, the dead money would be $1.4 Million.






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Mike Davis: A running back that can do a little of everything for Matt Nagy’s offense. His catching ability kind of goes unnoticed, but it really took off this last season. Davis should also be able to run between the tackles at times due to him being a little bigger as well. Great team fit. Here is the break down of his deal:


– 2 years for $6 Million.

– $3 Million guaranteed.

– Potential out after 1 year, the dead money would be $1 Million.






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Cordarrelle Patterson: This adds a lot to this Bears offense, Patterson can line up anywhere on offense. That could be out wide, the slot, and the backfield. Is he going to catch it? Run it? Who knows, but the options are all open. He will add a really dangerous option in the return game as well. Teams will definitely want to stay away from the Bears return men. Here is a look at the contract:


– 2 years for $10 Million.

– $5 Million guaranteed.

– Potential out after 1 year, the dead money would be $1 Million.





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Ha Ha Clinton-Dix: Best value signing for this team in the offseason. A safety that can fly around on this defense just like his counterpart Eddie Jackson. The former first-round pick will be joining 2018’s number 1 ranked defense that is returning 9 out of 11 starters from that season. HHCD is a good player that will replace

former Bear, Adrian Amos and could even be better for this defense. Here is a quick look at his deal:

– 1 year for $3.5 Million.





Marvin Hall: Could you have any more speed on this team? If you asked Pace and Nagy they do not have enough yet. Hall will fill more of the special teamer role, but do not be surprised to see him on the field with the offense from time to time. The sample size is very small but has that home run ability in him. Best stat is his very first regular season catch ever was a 40-yard Touchdown.

– 1-year deal, $645,000.








Welcome Back Players:

Ben Braunecker TE– 2 years for $2.7 Million.

Nick Williams DT– 1 year, Terms are still not disclosed.

Ted Larsen OG– 1 year for $930,000.

Pat O’Donnell P– 2 years for $4 Million.

Tyler Bray QB– 1 year, Terms are still not disclosed.

All of these signings make sense for adding depth and keeping this core together. That is what makes good teams into great teams. You need players like this in case of injuries and to continue their growth.


Braunecker is a perfect fit for the 3rd Tight End on the roster to help for blocking.

Williams is returning for a second season with the Bears, where he is going to fit right back into the rotation.

Larsen returns to Chicago after being away for the last two seasons, he will add depth to ever spot on the inside of the Bears offensive line.  

O’Donnell has been around this team for quite some time now. His ability to pin other teams deep will continue to help the Bears defense.

Bray has been around Nagy for a few years and continues to add great depth to the position.


The biggest take away from the few players that did come here is hearing one key phrase “I came here because of this culture they built and the fun they have”. No team in the NFL is like this Chicago Bears team right now.  


For the Bears, this was a successful first week of the offseason. There is plenty to look forward to for the rest of the free agency period and the draft. They really only have a few spots left to fill with depth or competition. Those are Kicker, Outside Linebacker, and Safety. Walking into the draft which they do not have a pick till round 3 due to that trade for Mack last season. Once this draft pick comes up they can really look at the best players around for them. Move around, maybe pick up extra picks for this draft or the following one. We shall see what will happen in the draft in about a month from now.