In the end, of course, the Bears could choose to retain Bellamy. I will be the first to admit that, a couple of years ago (maybe even a year ago), I was furious at the thought of Bellamy returning.
All he had shown with the Bears is the ability to stand out on special teams. Offensively, he dropped a good chunk of passes. I had had enough of watching his dropped passes.
In 2018, though, he took a step forward. Pace likes him, and though I didn’t see it at the time, the belief was warranted. He was more surehanded, without a doubt.
The biggest thing he brought to this team, however, was his presence in the locker room. Bellamy was one of the most likable guys on the roster last year (and still is). His relationships built with players like Anthony Miller and Tarik Cohen were staples in the Bears’ social media.
Fans could see it. They could feel it. The energy and positivity he brought to the team last year was infectious. Regardless of his play on the field, for the first time, Bears fans understood his true value as a locker room presence.
If Chicago does not bring him back, I would understand. But, I have to say that I would miss him. If I had to choose, I might just rather see Bellamy back with the Bears over any of these other guys. It sounds a bit crazy putting these words out there, but his impact on the team was greatly felt in 2018, and he would be greatly missed.