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53 From 90: Could a cornerback be this year’s Josh Sitton?

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In this six part series, I’ll go around the NFL looking for cap casualties that could be late additions to the Chicago Bears à la Josh Sitton last year. This week lets look at cornerbacks.

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In the second installment of a six-part series entitled 53 From 90: Who is This Year’s Josh Sitton? we take a look at the cornerback position.

Given the approach that Ryan Pace took this off-season in regards to the cornerback position, it is my belief that the team really likes what they have there. The team added Prince Amukamara, Marcus Cooper and B.W. Webb in free agency. Couple that with the fact that no cornerbacks were drafted in what many believe to be a strong draft for the position.

This tells me that the front office likes the young talent at the position and wants to give these players an opportunity to succeed. The Bears seem to have several players that warrant a(nother) shot. Bryce Callahan has shown flashes, as did Cre’Von LeBlanc. Kyle Fuller has as well, although he remains sort of an enigma. Johnthan Banks is another intriguing player who has had success in the NFL.

Injuries and poor performance are one of the trademarks of the NFL however. By the time that final cuts come in September, many teams are going to look much different than they do on the eve of training camp. Let us take a look at a few players who might shake free from their current teams and who would be intriguing for the Bears.

Eric Rowe

This would be an interesting scenario. Rowe was a former second-round pick of the Eagles in 2015. He was then traded to the Patriots prior to the 2016 season. While Rowe was a disappointment in Philadelphia, however, the trade seems to have more to do with Chip Kelly’s failures than Rowe’s.

Coming out of Utah, Rowe was one of the most talked about defensive backs of the 2015 draft. Originally a free safety, he switched to cornerback as a senior and made the transition easily. While he lacked interceptions, Rowe seemed to have the ability to play press-man coverage and shut his assignment down. He is tall, has long arms and plays physical, especially in man-coverage. Sounds like a perfect for Vic Fangio, doesn’t it?

Maurice Canaday

I don’t believe that the Ravens would like to get rid of Canaday but they simply have too much talent and money invested in the position to keep everyone. Someone is going to shake free and I am hoping that player is Canaday. The big knock on him was a lack of physicality and straight-line speed. However, he does have the height and length that 3-4 teams seem to covet.

My hope here is that with a season of NFL coaching under his belt, that the Ravens were able to coax a little more physicality out of him. The Ravens do an excellent job of coaching defensive backs and the Bears would be the natural landing spot, should the Ravens have to make this tough decision.

Bashaud Breeland

Here is another example of a player that could be a fit for what Fangio likes to do. Breeland isn’t quite as tall or long as the previous two, but he has enough length to succeed and is a better athlete. Originally drafted in the fourth-round by the Redskins, Breeland has been a relatively productive NFL player with seven interceptions in three seasons.

The former Clemson Tiger is entering the fourth and final year of his rookie contract. Given that Washington currently has more cap space allocated than any other team in the NFL, they will likely have to make a few tough decisions. This would be a boon for a Bears secondary that lacks playmakers.

Are there any cornerbacks that I missed, who you could see getting cut and that might fit on the Bears roster?

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