Exclusive-Rights Free Agents
For those who may not know what exactly an Exclusive-Rights Free Agent is, allow me to explain. These are players who have two years or less of NFL experience, whose contract are expired. These players will sign with that team if an offer is extended.
Now, let’s get to the two whom wear a Bears uniform.
Outside linebacker Isaiah Irving
The former San Jose State linebacker earned his time on the Bears last season, as he continually flashed throughout training camp and the preseason. Irving has the speed and bend needed to rush the passer at the pro level, and he certainly belongs. Brining him back will only add experienced depth to such an integral position. Getting to develop alongside guys like Khalil Mack and Leonard Floyd is quite the privilege.
Offensive tackle Rashaad Coward
In case you forget, or didn’t know, Coward came to the Bears as an undrafted free agent out of Old Dominion.
Oh, and he played defensive line.
The Bears switched him to offensive line last year and he proved that he could not only handle the switch, but play well. Throughout camp and the preseason he impressed thoroughly, especially for someone switching sides. He is well-worth bringing back for depth and competition in camp. Although, I hope it’s not simply for competition in camp. This player belongs.
Overall, the Bears have quite a few decisions to make. It may seem like a lot, but for the most part, this offseason will be much quieter than last year. Amos will be a key decision to watch, as will Callahan. Other than those two, it’s pretty safe to say we can all be confident in the fact that Chicago has its core intact.