The Chicago Bears signed offensive lineman Cyril Richardson to a reserve/futures deal in January of this year. They added him to their practice squad last November, so he has some experience in the Bear Way. He was originally drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft and he had 4 starts (in 12 games) as a rookie. The Bills waived him before the 2015 season, but brought him back to their practice squad that year.
He was an All American at Baylor his senior season as a guard, but he also played some tackle in his collegiate career. His future with Chicago, if he has one, is as a guard.
Richardson is a mammoth individual, and staying in shape is something he’s had to work on going back to his college days. He has some NFL traits to his play, but he’s yet to put it all together.
Our sister site, Buffalo Rumblings, wrote up a really good scouting report on Richardson before the 2015 season. You can find that below.
Experience: 3 years
Weight: 343 pounds
Contract and salary cap
According to Spotrac, Richardson is playing on a one year deal worth $540,000. If he sticks with the Bears this year, he’ll be an exclusive rights free agent in 2018.
Reason for improvement in 2017
He’s still relatively young, and if he can get himself in shape, and hone his technique, he could push for a back up role at guard. He’s never going to be athletic enough to get out on pulls, but if he’s strong at the point of attack he’ll give the coaches something to think about.
Reason for regression in 2017
The Bears are primarily a zone blocking team, so when there isn’t a body on Richardson’s track, I doubt if he’s athletic enough to get to the second level and seal off a linebacker.
Final roster odds
With Eric Kush, Taylor Boggs, Hroniss Grasu, and rookie Jordan Morgan all fighting for back up jobs on the interior, Richardson is a long shot. Plus, I wouldn’t rule out the Bears scouring the waiver wire when teams cut down from 90 to 53.