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Bears roster breakdown, 90-in-90: Jonathan Anderson

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The Chicago Bears picked up Jonathan Anderson as an undrafted free agent in 2015. He’s bounced back and forth between their practice squad a couple times since that then. In all, he’s played in 19 games as a pro, with three starts coming as a rookie. The athletic inside linebacker only played 20 snaps on defense last year, but he did participate in 37.6% of the team’s special teams snaps.

Anderson is more of a fit for the Bears’ Jack inside backer, as he’s not a thumper, and has shown to be capable in coverage.


Age: 25 years old

Experience: 3rd year

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 235 pounds

Contract and salary cap

Spotrac has Anderson in the final year of his deal, with a $615,000 cap hit this season. He’ll be a restricted free agent in 2018.

Reason for improvement in 2017

Anderson saw his playing time decrease from year one to year two, but that was because the Bears signed two new ILB starters and drafted a guy at his position last offseason. No matter the team he’s on, Anderson is a bottom of the depth chart guy that will need to prove his worth with exceptional special teams skills.

Reason for regression in 2017

I don’t see regression in the cards for Anderson, I just don’t see a logical fit on the roster for him. At this point I think the Bears know his ceiling, so all things considered, he’ll need some luck to stick around.

Final roster odds

Anderson is a long shot. John Timu seemed to pass him on the depth chart last year, so that makes him at least the 5th inside linebacker on the current roster. The injury to Danny Trevathan could make the Bears roll with him for a while, but with Christian Jones capable of playing both inside and outside linebacker, plus Jones has better special teams’ skills, Anderson may be elsewhere in 2017.