Quintin Demps was signed by the Bears this past off-season to try and solve a long standing problem, the safety position. The veteran safety will also be counted on to bring leadership to an otherwise very young position group.
Demps started his career as a fourth-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles. Mainly used as a special teams player throughout the first five seasons of his career, he finally got a chance in Kansas City in 2013, where he started 6 games.
Once he was able to secure, at least a partial starting role, his career really took off. In 41 starts, he has amassed 18 interceptions and has received a reputation as somewhat of a “ball-hawk.”
This is the first new player that I have seen up close prior to writing their roster breakdown. I can tell you that Demps certainly fits the bill. He has been impressive in one-on-one drills as well as making some plays in team drills. He is going to be a nice addition to a secondary that has lacked playmakers over the past two seasons.
Experience: 9th-year pro
Weight: 216 pounds
Contract and salary cap:
According to Spotrac, Demps signed a 2-year, $13,500,000 contract, including $5,000,000 guaranteed this past off-season. In 2017, Demps will earn a base salary of $2,500,000, a signing bonus of $333,333 and a roster bonus of $1,406,250, while carrying a cap hit of $4,239,583. This is basically a 1-year deal however, as there is an out that would carry a $666,667 in dead space in 2018.
Reason for improvement in 2017
Coming off of his six interception season, Demps’ confidence should be sky high. He has looked good in camp and has embraced the role of a leader. With an improved front-7 and very good coaches in Vic Fangio and Ed Donatell, Demps should continue to thrive.
Reason for regression in 2017
As a 32 year old safety, it is possible that father time catches up with Demps and he proves to be a risk-taker without the athleticism he once possessed. Combine that with the fact that he had an awesome front-7 in Houston, and you could see a player that has the potential to struggle mightily.
Final roster odds
Quintin Demps was not signed as a “prove it” player, he is here to start. While no roster spot is 100% guaranteed, Demps is one of a handful of players who is virtually guaranteed a roster spot in 2017. This would truly be a shock if somehow Demps got cut.
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