Ryan Nall is sticking around Chicago. The Bears have re-signed the third-year running back, per NFL.com’s Tom Pelissero (and passed along by Charean Williams of ProFootballTalk.com). The 25-year-old was an impending exclusive rights free agent.
The former undrafted free agent out of Oregon State joined the Bears back in 2018. He spent the majority of his rookie campaign on the practice squad, but he’s gradually gotten more playing team over the past two years. After collecting a pair of carries in eight games in 2019, Nall saw time in all 16 games this past season. He finished the year with eight receptions for 67 yards and one touchdown, appearing in 68 offensive snaps. He also saw time on 294 special teams snaps, compiling four tackles.
The Bears clearly value Nall’s special teams prowess, but barring another move, it’s unlikely he’ll take on a significantly larger role on offense. Chicago is currently rostering David Montgomery, Tarik Cohen, and Artavis Pierce, although the depth chart could theoretically see a shake up with new running backs coach Michael Pitre leading the way.