Chicago Bears: Early look at sneaky free agent adds in 2019

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Chicago Bears, Domata Peko
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Defensive tackle Domata Peko

34-year-old Domata Peko might not be your first choice to sign for some depth up front, but as a reserve, his veteran presence could come in handy. Last year for the Broncos, he finished with the one of the best team grades against the run (80.2), per Pro Football Focus.

Peko is at the point in his career where he will want to go somewhere and contribute to win a Super Bowl. The Bears can do just that next season. With a stud run-stuffer up front like Eddie Goldman already in the starting spot, Peko could be a rotational backup who remains fresh throughout the season thanks to not having to absorb starting snaps.

An underrated part of Peko’s game is his itch to disrupt the pass in mid-air as well. He’s great at leaping up, throwing his arms in the air to potentially alter a pass. Whether he tips it or not is sometimes irrelevant, but he did finish with two batted balls last season.

Peko would likely come cheap if he doesn’t return to Denver next season. With the Bears, he could be exactly what they need in a backup nose tackle.

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