As the bulk of free agency dwindles down, we’re coming to the point where teams are looking to fill out their roster with depth before the NFL Draft this month.
The Bears did just that today by signing veteran journeyman BW Webb to a one-year deal. Webb will be on his fifth team in his five years in the league. For the early part of his career with the Cowboys and the Steelers, Webb spent most of his time bouncing back and forth from the practice squad and the 53-man roster as well as some time on special teams.
Following his stint in Dallas and Pittsburgh, the Tennessee Titans picked Webb up off waivers and gained some respectful playing time in 9 games (2 starts), while registering 22 tackles, 1 interception, and 3 passes defensed. Webb eventually didn’t make the final roster cuts the following year.
Webb was picked up by the New Orleans Saints in 2016 when their starting corner, Delvin Breaux, fractured his fibula. While the intention was for Webb to merely fill a gap on a below-average defense, it ended up being the best year of his career. He appeared in 14 games with 8 starts, recording 28 tackles, 11 passes defensed, and 1 interception.
The Bears have added Prince Amukamara, Marcus Cooper, and now BW Webb to go along with Tracy Porter, Kyle Fuller, Bryce Callahan, Cre’von LeBlanc, among others. What was once the biggest hole in the roster, the Bears now have depth at the cornerback position.
At this point, it’s safe to say the Bears won’t be spending the third pick in the draft on a cornerback but it would be wise to add another corner on day 2 or 3.