Chicago Bears: Grading first wave free agency moves

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ILB Danny Trevathan

Re-signing Danny Trevathan is going to be one of the most talked about decisions amongst Bears fans over the coming months. The Bears had three potential options to fill the spot next to Roquan Smith, and picking Trevathan tells me Pace is going for a Super Bowl this year.

A 3-year, $21 million deal for Trevathan means the team is confident in his health at this stage, and he is absolutely the best player between he, Nick Kwiatkoski and Kevin Pierre-Louis. He’s a big-time voice in the locker room and still a phenomenal player when on the field. The money is a little steep, but if Chicago gets him for all 16 games, it’s going to look like a fair contract.

Grade: B

S Deon Bush

Personally, I think this was one of the very best and most underrated moves, not only within the Bears, but around the entire league. Bringing back Deon Bush on a 1-year deal for $1.4 million is going to look like a steal.

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Since coming to the Bears out of Miami a few years ago, Bush has become a dependable backup who steps in and sees the defense continue in stride when he’s called upon. He’s become much better in coverage and is no stranger to contact. Bush very well could start next to Eddie Jackson this year, and I wouldn’t have a problem with it.

Grade: A

DL Roy Robertson-Harris

The second-round tender for Roy Robertson-Harris was indicative of how much Pace and Nagy believe in his talent. He has finally broken out as one of the key parts of Chicago’s defensive line rotation, and continues to show an even higher ceiling. He’s a physical specimen and the Bears were wise to keep him up front on a line that will have even more continuity this next season.

Grade: A

The Bears also re-signed long snapper Patrick Scales and outside linebacker Isaiah Irving. Scales was a necessary keep, while Irving still needs to do some work in order to be effective within the rotation.