The Bears and general manager Ryan Pace already did well to take care of their offensive skill positions in free agency on Tuesday, so now they can turn to tidying up their defense. Their first free agent defensive move is re-signing Prince Amukamara to once again play as their second cornerback, reports Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
After signing a one-year deal in 2017, the 28-year-old Amukamara went out and enjoyed one of his most consistently solid seasons in the NFL with the Bears. His new contract is set at a three-year deal worth $27 million with $18 million guaranteed, according to ESPN’s Dan Graziano.
In 14 starts, Amukamara acted as a quality coverage cornerback opposite the steady Kyle Fuller and attained 46 tackles to go with six passes defensed. He assuredly isn’t a world beater due to poor hands and ballhawk ability. But, the Bears could do much worse with their second boundary cornerback, due to Amukamara’s disciplined and tight coverage. This is a player you can win with other surrounding premium talent next to him.
Retaining Amukamara now means the Bears greatly appreciated his play in tandem with Fuller and fully trust him in that role moving forward. It also means that a long-awaited long-term deal with Fuller to entrench him as the No. 1 is likely coming soon. This cornerback duo is one of the more underrated pairs in the NFL and Amukamara plays a crucial part to that status.
Robert Zeglinski is the Bears beat writer for The Rock River Times, an editor for Windy City Gridiron and Inside The Pylon, and is a contributor to Pro Football Weekly and The Athletic Chicago. You can follow him on Twitter @RobertZeglinski.