Yesterday, the Chicago Bears re-signed free agent outside linebacker Aaron Lynch to a one-year contract. Lynch played a reserve role backing up Khalil Mack and Leonard Floyd. It turned out to be crucial however, when Floyd had a late start in 2018. Most fans are likely to be feel relieved as the move helps out the Bears depth chart. Lynch played well for the Bears last year and some believe he has a big upside yet. Lynch has played in 57 games. He has 1 interception, 18 sacks, 99 tackles, and 54 quarterback hits.
Lynch expressed his excitement on returning to the Bears, certainly a contending team with an all-star defensive squad. The Bears reported that Lynch is the seventh Bears player re-signed since the end of last season. Other signed include right tackle Bobby Massie, tight end Ben Braunecker, punter Pat O’Donnell, quarterback Tyler Bray, safety DeAndre Houston-Carson and defensive tackle Nick Williams. Massie started every game last year.
The Bears have picked up receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, running back Mike Davis, defensive back Buster Skrine, safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, offensive lineman Ted Larsen and receiver Marvin Hall. Patterson is also a kick returner. As a New England Patriot last year, Patterson had 23 returns for 661 yards and 1 touchdown. Perhaps more impressively, he had 5 returns in the playoffs for 141 yards. Davis had 112 rushes last season for the Seahawks for 514 yards and 4 touchdowns. Bear fans are familiar with ex-Packer safety Clinton-Dix and many consider him an excellent addition. The draft and upcoming competition in camp will sort it all out for the Bears in 2019.
The Chicago Bears Adrian Amos and Bryce Callahan went elsewhere in the pre-season free agent signings. Amos went to the Packers and Callaghan signed with the Broncos.