As first reported by the Chicago Tribune’s Rich Campbell, the Chicago Bears are going to tender restricted free agent cornerback Bryce Callahan at the right of first refusal. This means if Callahan signs with another team the Bears will have the opportunity to match the offer and keep him. But if they elect to let him leave they will receive no draft pick compensation.
Teams have until April 20 to negotiate with Callahan, and if he signs the Bears have five days to match the offer. After April 20, the Bears have exclusive rights to negotiate a long term contract with him.
The 26-year old Callahan has been with the Bears since 2015 and he has played in 32 games with 19 starts. Most of his time has been spent at nickleback, but he has played outside corner in the past. Last year he picked up the first two interceptions of his career, and he added a forced fumble, a sack and 25 tackles.
Pro Football Focus has also been very high on him throughout his career.
Bryce Callahan's slot coverage statistics in 2017 pic.twitter.com/LT1O0JArhM— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) February 21, 2018