Chicago Bears News: This starting cornerback just became available

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The Chicago Bears have had a clear need at cornerback since the moment they released Kyle Fuller, and still have not yet recovered.

So far this season, defense has been a strong point for the Bears, although they are still not solid at the cornerback position outside of Jaylon Johnson. The second-year pro is coming into his own and is emerging as one of the best corners in all of football.

But, other than Johnson, the Bears have had questionable performances at best from their corner room.

Suddenly, a possible addition has become available. The Seattle Seahawks announced that they are cutting former starting cornerback Tre Flowers, who had requested to be released.

The Chicago Bears should go after Tre Flowers to help boost their cornerback room.

The Bears would greatly benefit from signing Flowers for multiple reasons. First off, it would initially provide competition to Kindle Vildor, who may need a little fire beneath him. There was never really much competition for Vildor over the offseason, and all in all it was assumed that he would be getting the starting nod.

Through five games in 2021, Vildor is allowing nearly a perfect quarterback rating when targeted (155.7). He has allowed three touchdowns and almost 15 yards per reception this season. Vildor’s PFFatrocious since Week 1 ratings have also been .

Needless to say, competition must be brought into the cornerback room.

Flowers, who has spent his entire three-plus years with the Seahawks, noted that his struggles have been due to a scheme issue. Apparently, he doesn’t feel he’s being used correctly. Maybe a change of scenery will benefit him, and that change could be in Chicago.

One of the best reasons the Bears need to go after Flowers is simply because he would come fairly cheap. The Bears wouldn’t have to make any moves within their own salaries to get Flowers’ contract to fit. He was making a non-guaranteed $2.18 million this season. If the Bears signed him to a similar deal, they would be just fine.

Flowers is just 26 years old and still has plenty of football in his future. Even working with Sean Desai could help his development.

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The Bears’ need for corner is so pivotal at this point that even adding a mid-level corner like Flowers could be a big difference. Their front seven has been dominant through five weeks and the Bears lead the NFL in sacks. Shoring up their depth at corner would only help further their defensive efforts this season.