The Chicago Bears have announced that they have brought in more competition on the defensive line by signing defensive tackle Nate Collins. The deal is a 1-year contract worth the veteran minimum. With the signing of Collins, the Bears roster is maxed out at 90 players.
The Bears are taking a gamble on Collins as he was arrested in February for having marijuana in his possession. The Jacksonville Jaguars did put the exclusive rights free agent tender on him, but rescinded the tender. Manly after he was arrested and that made Collins open to every team. The Seattle Seahawks also had interest in Collins, but the Bears signed him at the end.
Last year for the Jaguars, Collins had 10 tackles, 0.5 sacks and 1 pass deflection in 12 games. Collins was signed by the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2010 before joining the Jaguars. He is only 24 and still has room to improved.
A few weeks back, the Bears signed other defensive tackles … John McCargo and DeMarlo Pressley. All of whom will compete for a job and try their best to make the team. Some of the players will make the team, but not all. As of right now, the Bears could keep two of the players when preseason comes to an end.
I like the signing of Collins more than the signing of McCargo and Pressley. As Collins seems to have the most upside. However, that does mean anything and players can just come in and impress. So, that will make them make the team.