Chicago Bears: Ranking team needs as 2020 offseason begins

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5. Cornerback

Cornerback is certainly a wild card when it comes to needs for a few reasons. First, if the Bears opt to retain Prince Amukamara, rather than cut him, cornerback won’t be a need. Second, there are younger players such as Kevin Tolliver and Duke Shelley.

However, in the scenario that the Bears do in fact move on from Amukamara, the Bears need to explore adding a cornerback simply because Tolliver has shown flashes of being a future starter but is still a work in progress. Then there’s Shelley, who’s more of a slot cornerback and mainly only contributed as a special teams player during his rookie season.

The best way for the Bears to address the cornerback position would be to do so via the draft. The projected cornerback class is looking to be one of the deepest in recent memory which means the Bears will have an opportunity to find someone in later rounds who likely would have been talked about and looked at as a second or third-round pick.

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Cornerback is really the position where the front office will determine whether it’s a need or not. The Bears already have younger players at the position who just need an opportunity to showcase their skills. However, in 2019, Amukamara was inconsistent to the point where a legitimate argument can be made for him potentially being cut.