Bears officially unveil free agent quartet

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Unlike 2018, when the Chicago Bears stormed out of the gates with free agent acquisitions, the Bears took their time this year and selectively added pieces to what they hope will be a Super Bowl contender.

Chicago officially announced the additions of free agent running back Mike Davis, slot corner/nickle back Buster Skrine, wide receiver/kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson, and safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

With limited salary cap space and fewer needs than in the past, Bears General Manager Ryan Pace sought depth and protection against the loss of Adrian Amos and potentially, Bryce Callahan.  Whether Pace’s moves to date keep Chicago ahead of the pack in the ultra-competitive NFC North won’t be known until leather meets toe in the fall.

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The signing of former Seahawk Davis spells trouble for Jordan Howard in the backfield. The Bears feel Davis, a former fourth-round draft choice out of South Carolina who struggled early in his career before finding a niche in Seattle, provides the versatility as a runner and pass catcher that Howard does not.

Meanwhile, Skrine is a crafty vet who plays a physical brand of football.  He possesses good instincts and is aggressive breaking on the ball. However, Skrine’s whistled for more than his fair share of infractions, regularly ranking as one of the more penalized defenders in the NFL.  He is durable though, something Callahan failed to display in his tenure with the Bears.

The Bears have witnessed Patterson’s game-breaking skills, up front and personal.  Patterson’s returned a pair of kickoffs for touchdowns against Chicago as a member of both the Vikings and Patriots. Under Matt Nagy’s creative approach, Patterson appears targeted to supplement the Bears offense in a variety of capacities.  If nothing else, he’ll immediately upgrade a woeful return unit that struggled to give the Bears any field position.

Hoping to maintain a top-tier defense even with the loss o

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f starting safety Amos, Chicago brings in former Packer, Redskin, and Alabama safety Clinton-Dix. In Chicago, he’ll be reunited with former Tide teammate Eddie Jackson (they played together for one season).  Clinton-Dix is a former first rounder and Pro Bowler who possesses many of Jackson’s traits….good instincts and ball skills with solid coverage ability.  He’s not the physical tackler that Amos is, but should make more plays on the ball behind an attacking Bears pass rush.  Clinton-Dix’s deal is a one-year investment, giving him extra incentive to perform well in order to secure a lucrative contract in 2020.

Paw Prints:  Chicago also brought back former offensive lineman Ted Larsen. Larsen started eight games for the Bears back in 2016….Pace’s initial Bears first-round pick, wide receiver Kevin White, inked a deal with Arizona in an attempt to revive his career.

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