Will Ryan Mundy Upgrade Chicago Bears’ Safety Position?

By Clyde A. Speller
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Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

On the first day of free agency, the Chicago Bears are staying busy. First, they signed defensive end Lamarr Houston to a five-year deal, followed by re-signing linebacker D.J. Williams for one year. Now, the Bears have agreed to terms with safety Ryan Mundy over the next two seasons.

Mundy spent the first four years of his career as a reserve with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and was a part of the New York Giants’ defensive starting lineup in 2013.

Adding just about anyone to the secondary to replace either Major Wright or Chris Conte would be considered a huge improvement. Wright and Conte were undoubtedly the worst safety duo in the NFL during the 2013 season.

Currently, Wright is an unrestricted free agent, and more than likely will not be re-signing with the Bears. As for Conte, he will enter 2014 in the final year of his rookie contract. According to Chicago’s coaching staff, Conte will have a chance to compete for a starting job at free safety, however, seeing that the Bears have added Mundy, and will more than likely grab another safety in this year’s draft, it will be very difficult for the fourth-year pro.

With both safety positions up for grabs, there is a good chance for Mundy to crack the starting lineup. At worse-case scenario, Mundy doesn’t get to be a starter, but he will add much-needed depth to a thin position on the defensive side of the ball. Furthermore, Mundy could be an asset on special teams.

Adding Mundy was a good move by the Bears, but there are future prospect that are much better, and choosing a safety in the draft should still be considered a high priority.

Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller.

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