Bears To Sign CFL CB Tre Roberson

A Canadian Football League cornerback who has been on the NFL radar for several weeks, Tre Roberson made his decision. He agreed to a deal with the Bears, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com tweets.

Roberson, who is viewed as this year’s best CFL-to-NFL prospect, participated in a few workouts and drew the attention of at least 10 teams during this process. He will join the Bears, however, and for a higher rate than the usual CFL imports receive.

The 27-year-old defender will sign for what is believed to be the highest rate for a CFL import since the Dolphins added Cameron Wake in 2009, Schefter adds. Wake received a four-year deal worth nearly $5MM, with close to $1MM guaranteed, 11 years ago. While Roberson will not exactly make high-end cornerback money on this Bears deal, the investment is notable nonetheless.

This is not Roberson’s first NFL venture, though. He spent the 2016 and ’17 offseasons with the Vikings and went to camp with Minnesota each year. He did not make the team either summer but did spend extensive time on Minnesota’s practice squad.

A 2016 UDFA out of Illinois State, Roberson resurfaced on the NFL radar after two seasons in Canada. He played two seasons with the Calgary Stampeders, helping the franchise win the Grey Cup during his time up north. He intercepted seven passes and notched two return touchdowns during the Stampeders’ 2019 season.

The Bears have starters Kyle Fuller and Prince Amukamara signed long-term. They added slot man Buster Skrine last year and drafted Kevin Toliver in the sixth round last year. Based on the guarantee, Roberson will be a great bet to be part of this group next season.

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13 comments on “Bears To Sign CFL CB Tre Roberson

  1. BAINES03

    Toliver was not drafted and Amukamara is not signed long term… plus has very little cap penalty if cut.

    • joparx

      Toliver has been on the team for 2 years, so certainly wasn’t drafted last year

    • maximumvelocity

      I think Prince stays. They will offer him something guaranteed and cut salary. More security for both parties.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Just like when the Bears poached Marc Trestman from the CFL in 2013…lol.

  2. joparx

    Amukamara is goin to be cut, he’s a decent player but I’m pretty sure all his guaranteed money has already been paid out and the bears will need to spend it else where

    • Rondon

      Very doubtful. Toliver isn’t good enough to replace him and this new guy is unproven.

  3. Scott Sandars

    Being a Stampeders fan, I’m disappointed to be losing Tre, but hoping he gets on the roster and does well for Chicago.

  4. maximumvelocity

    I think you meant they drafted Duke Shelley.

    I honestly don’t know how you make such mistakes. It takes ten seconds to check.

  5. Grebek7

    Too bad theyre not signing a new Owner, GM & QB. My blind Bears love has turned to apathy. Pace is a clown. Way too many holes to fill – OL is trash outside of Whitehair. Nobody opposite Khalil, teams can double-triple team him. Need a strong tklg Safety. No TE & Pace’s biggest 1st rd blunder True-bustski. Can’t throw ball accurately beyond 8 yds, can’t read a defense, mentally fragile & his coach is reluctant to call plays that suit his skill set. Trade the entire team for Burrow.

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