1. Bryce Callahan
With Bryce Callahan set to be a free agent, he’s also set to have a big payday. Although his season ended with a broken foot against the Los Angeles Rams in week 14, Callahan might just be the most underrated player on the Bears defense.
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In a league like the NFL, all one needs is an opportunity to make a name for themselves and show that they belong. Back in 2015, Callahan went undrafted but eventually ended up on the Bears practice squad.
From that point on, Callahan would be promoted to the active roster, only to be waived, which led to him being signed and promoted to the active roster once again. Throughout 2016 and 2017, he showcased solid skills, earning the position of nickel cornerback for the Bears.
The reason that Callahan is the most important need for the Bears is that it’s hard to find a solid nickel cornerback in today’s NFL. He may not be the flashiest player on the field, but he is certainly one that is reliable and makes plays when needed.
In 13 games in 2018, Callahan totaled 45 tackles, six passes defended, five quarterback hits, and six tackles for loss. It’s clear that Callahan makes his impact felt when he is on the field. His solid play allows for other players on the Bears defense to make plays.
While it’s unclear what type of money Callahan will demand this offseason, the Bears must understand that bringing Callahan back could turn out to be a major factor in how the Bears defense performs in 2019.