The free-agency period has been good one way or another for every NFL team. Hence, it’s time to take a look at the positives in our newest series for End Zone Score. Which newcomer to the club was the franchise’s best offseason move and why? We are getting things started with the 2016 last-place teams in the eight divisions. We have already previewed the New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles and the Cleveland Browns. And that means the Chicago Bears are now in the spotlight.
You can’t underestimate the impact of the strong safety position in this league. From coverage to run support, it’s vital in today’s game. And the addition of Quintin Demps, late of the Houston Texans, is a solid addition to a defensive unit that took a slight step backwards this past season. Vic Fangio’s unit allowed a disappointing 121.9 yards per game on the ground. Only five teams in the NFL were worse in that regard.
Meanwhile, Demps comes over from the league’s number-one ranked unit in the league in 2016. The Texans finished 12th against the run. For his efforts, the soon-to-be-32-year-old is Pro Football Focus’ 12th-ranked safety these days. That means he’ll team with two-year pro Adrian Amos, while Harold Jones-Quartey will now be asked to provide depth.
In recent years, the Chicago Bears have added their share of free agents to this group. From defensive end Akiem Hicks to linebackers Pernell McPhee, Danny Trevathan and Jerrell Freeman. Cornerback Tracy Porter signed with the club in 2015 and general manager Ryan Pace brought in Prince Amukamara this offseason. Demps is the latest talented performer to come to the Windy City. Now Fangio and head coach John Fox have to make sure these moves all pay off.