3. LaMarcus Joyner, Los Angeles Rams
A veteran safety who knows what it’s like to be a part of a team that’s made a run to the Super Bowl, a player of LaMarcus Joyner’s caliber is worth keeping an eye on this offseason. However, out of all the players on this list, Joyner is likely to receive the franchise tag.
If he does sign his tag and return to the Rams in 2019, then Joyner is obviously off the table for the Bears. However, if he does hit the free agent market, then the Bears should pursue him if they deem his price to be reasonable.
What makes Joyner a good fit for the Bears is his versatility. Like Tryrann Mathieu, he too has experience playing both cornerback and safety. Additionally, he wouldn’t just be another “voice” in the room. His veteran leadership is something that would be valuable to the Bears. Joyner is a smart instinctive player who is a cover safety.
He may not fill up the stat sheet, but he is a guy who’ll do his job and do it well. It’s difficult to know what the Rams are going to do with Joyner. With Los Angeles looking to lock up other key players, there’s a chance that the team lets Joyner walk.
If this is the case, in terms of financials, Joyner wants to get a long-term deal, but likely isn’t going to demand the ten million dollars a year that Amos is demanding. In some ways, Joyner would be a slight upgrade over Amos and just what the Bears’ defense needs to help make a Super Bowl run.