Bears To Sign CB Prince Amukamara

The Bears are signing cornerback Prince Amukamara, according to Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com (on Twitter). It’s a one-year deal, Amukamara tells Josina Anderson of ESPN.com (on Twitter). Tom Pelissero of USA Today tweets that the deal is worth $7MM (all guaranteed). Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle tweets that half of that guaranteed money will come via base salary with the other half coming via a signing bonus."<strong

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After being slowed by injuries with the Giants, Amukamara managed to stay on the field for most of the year in his one season with the Jaguars. He probably won’t blossom into a shutdown corner this late in his career, but the former first-round pick could make a fine starter for the Bears. Right now, Amukamara figures to start at one cornerback position with Cre’von LeBlanc holding down the other starting job.

The Bears were swinging for the fences this week, but came up short in several of their pursuits. Originally, Chicago was zeroing in on this year’s top available cornerback, A.J. Bouye. For one reason or another, it seems Bouye never had genuine interest in signing with the Bears. With Logan Ryan and others off the board, Amukamara stood as one of the best corners on the board by Friday morning.

In terms of ability, we had Amukamara ranked as this offseason’s sixth-best corner, behind Bouye, Ryan, Stephon Gilmore, Morris Claiborne, and Dre Kirkpatrick.

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13 comments on “Bears To Sign CB Prince Amukamara

  1. Clark

    WOW a great pick up imo, i expected something like 7-8M over 2-3 years im guessing its 7.5 for this season?

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    • CriminalMethod

      I agree. Gilmore would have been nice, but this is a bargain and Fangio will get the most out of him.

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  2. Scott

    The Bears have had a terrible off season. They had huge money to spend, fans were excited and they STRUCK OUT. Embarrassing

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    • jkbuckets

      I mean with bouye this season could have been a mirage. I think bears shouldn’t spend money just to spend it. Hopefully pace can make some good draft picks and replenish the wrs te and secondary

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      • CriminalMethod

        I hope they go Jamal Adams in the first round. The secondary would be shored up pretty well and the D line will look that much better.

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  3. Chicago boy

    Yeah man we whiffed BAD. wonder if that illinois workers comp bill played a significant role

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    • justinept

      Doubtful. I think it’s a combination of a 3-13 team with head coaching uncertainty. Bears also don’t seem to have been the high bidder on any of the guys they didn’t get.

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      • Rondon

        You don’t know that. Yes, their record and lame coaching is part of it, but if the head of the NFLPA is telling players to not go with the Bears that had to have some effect. And you don’t know they weren’t the highest bidder. Pretty obvious the serious talent out there just doesn’t want to play for this lame ass franchise.

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  4. toby312

    Carmen and Jurko ESPN radio in chgo laughed at a caller that said it was because the bears don’t want to spend the money? Well it may not be the sole reason they struck out on initial stages of Free agency but it certainly made Jeffries Gilmore Wagner bouye look to other places with better offers? Can’t say I blame them for going somewhere else?

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    • CriminalMethod

      They’re willing to spend money, they just don’t want to overspend. Overspending get teams in trouble with the cap. If the Bears and Patriots both offered Gilmore 14 million a year, he’s going to pick the Patriots because they are in a way better position to succeed.

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      • djtommyaces

        Exactly. Some just don’t get it.
        That said why don’t the Bears trade for Tom Brady?!?!?!?

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    • Priggs89

      Seriously? You listen to Chicago sports radio, and you still call him Jeffries? Unbelievable.

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