The Chicago Bears decided not to wait until the 2014 NFL Draft to add some much-needed depth to their backfield. On Wednesday, the Bears signed running back Shaun Draughn to a one-year deal. Chicago now has three ball carriers to shoulder the rushing load, but adding another one via the draft and free agency should still be on their priority list.
Draughn will be entering his fourth year in the NFL, but will be doing so with very little experience under his belt. The best season of Draughn’s short career was in 2012 with the Kansas City Chiefs. During that season, Draughn rushed for only 233 yards and two touchdowns. Last season, the former North Carolina Tar Heel carried the ball just four times for two yards while playing in three games for the Baltimore Ravens.
Looking at Chicago’s current stable of running backs, the only seasoned veteran is Pro Bowler Matt Forte. Draughn and second-year running back Michael Ford won’t give Bears fans enough hope in the event that Forte goes down in 2014, which is why Chicago should still focus on adding one or two more backs before training camp.
I still feel that Oregon running back De’Anthony Thomas will be a great fit in the Bears’ offensive scheme, and could be an asset on special teams as well. Even if Thomas is selected by general manager Phil Emery and company in this year’s draft, more experience will still be needed in the backfield, which is why another free agent signing would be smart, in addition to the potential selection of a rookie running back.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller.