With the start of the Chicago Bears season just days away, are they looking to add one final piece to the defense?
Ever since the Chicago Bears were allowed to return to Halas Hall in mid-July, one of the first players to opt-out was defensive tackle Eddie Goldman, who’s been a crucial piece of the Bears defensive line over the last six seasons.
However, with Goldman opting out, the Bears front office elected not to bring in anyone to replace him for just 2020. Why? The team is confident in what they have on the roster with Bilal Nichols and Roy Robertson-Harris. Nichols, who broke his hand last year burst onto the scene as a rookie with seven quarterback hits, five tackles for loss, and three sacks.
However, with the Bears first regular-season game of 2020 just days away, there’s still a prime opportunity to add a defensive tackle, who’d upgrade an already loaded Bears defense.
The Bears are one of the quietest organizations in the NFL. They don’t let anything leak and keep things like potential player signings behind closed doors. A tweet, however, has to fuel some speculation right?
The point above with the tweet is simple: Damon “Snacks” Harrison could be saying that he’s got an offer on the table from the Bears or he could be saying nothing at all, there’s really no knowing what’s going on behind the scenes at Halas Hall.
Bears general manager Ryan Pace has always preached having an aggressive mentality when building the Bears roster. In six offseasons in Chicago, he’s always talked about how the Bears will explore every avenue when trying to build the roster. That means that if a guy like Harrison is available, it’s more than likely that the team has done their homework on him.
At just 31-years old, Harrison would be the ideal one-year rental for a Super Bowl-caliber defense. His NFL stops have included the New York Giants, New York Jets, and most recently, the Detroit Lions.
Heading into his tenth season, Harrison has 11 sacks, 485 tackles, 37 tackles for loss, and 24 quarterback hits. Those numbers may not be eye-opening, however, a key thing to keep in mind is that in an NFL defense, the primary job of the defensive tackle is to have an impact in the run game.
At this point, if the Bears are serious about signing Harrison, they need to do so quickly since their first game against the Detroit Lions is just days away. While giving more playing time to Nichols and Robertson-Harris is an option, signing Harrison is also something that would benefit the team significantly.