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The Chicago Bears will sign free-agent cornerback Buster Skrine to a three-year deal, according to multiple reports. The deal will be worth $16.5 million with $8.5 million guaranteed, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

It’s a 3-year deal worth $16.5M with $8.5M guaranteed, source said. https://t.co/l6eCOqpWhm

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 11, 2019

Skrine played the last four seasons with the Jets, making 48 starts and three interceptions over that span.

Skrine received a 57.3 grade from Pro Football Focus in 2018, which ranked 28th among Jets defenders. Certainly not great.

But Skrine is a respected slot corner in league circles and makes sense from a salary cap standpoint at less than $6 million per season.

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https://bearswire.usatoday.com/2019/03/11/buster-skrine-chicago-bears-cornerback-free-agency/

 

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Skrine’s contract is guaranteed for basically 2 of the years of the deal. The Bears could get out of it after one season if Skrine is a disaster, but most likely he will be in Chicago for at least two seasons.

With the Bears offering Skrine $5.5 million per season, clearly they think Callahan is going to receive substantially more than that or with Callahan’s mounting injuries they just simply don’t expect him to continue to perform at that level.

Skrine received high praise from Matt Nagy via Adam Jahns:

#Bears coach Matt Nagy in October on nickel back Buster Skrine, who is now expected to be signed: "He’s one of the better nickels in this league, if not the best. I mean, he’s good. He’s a good nickel in there."

— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) March 11, 2019

https://beargoggleson.com/2019/03/11/chicago-bears-sign-buster-skrine-bryce-callahan-surely-gone/

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Looks like Pace has decided to move on from Callahan. Going to have to look at the tape, but it sounds like Buster is a solid NB and can hold his own on the outside if need be.

Train like you are 2nd, but play like you are 1st.

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This signing scares me.....everything I'm reading, including opinions from Jets fans aren't looking very positive. 

Hopefully Pagano can motivate him to clean up his faults!

 

P.S. .....on a side note...with these 2 signings Pace has sacrificed any high draft comp picks the Bears may have had coming .

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Corn Cob wrote:

This signing scares me.....everything I'm reading, including opinions from Jets fans aren't looking very positive. 

Hopefully Pagano can motivate him to clean up his faults!

 

P.S. .....on a side note...with these 2 signings Pace has sacrificed any high draft comp picks the Bears may have had coming .

From what I have read he struggled a bit playing outside corner but once he was moved inside, he was one of the better nickel backs in the league and did a good job blitzing... I think a lot of the negative feelings from Jets fans were because of the contract he was on with them...

As for the compensatory picks, we aren't there yet but there will be a day when the team loses more than they sign... give Pace a couple more years of drafting well and it will begin.

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#Bears CB Buster Skrine's contract details: 3 years, $16.5M ($8.5M guaranteed) & a $4.25M signing bonus. Cap hits of $3.66M, $6.416M & $6.417M All in all, it's a two year contract with an easy out after two years.
 

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Corn Cob wrote:

Aaron Leming
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#Bears CB Buster Skrine's contract details: 3 years, $16.5M ($8.5M guaranteed) & a $4.25M signing bonus. Cap hits of $3.66M, $6.416M & $6.417M All in all, it's a two year contract with an easy out after two years.
 

Also Cob, now that Bellamy is signing with the Jets, that will cancel out Mike's deal... so there is still hope for compensatory picks... because Amos and Callahan should sign big deals all we need is for another of our mid level FAs to sign a 6-7 million dollar deal to offset the Buster's contract.

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Skrine is an aggressive, physical CB who plays his best in the slot. Quick feet + speed. Will show up vs. the run game, too. Can get grabby in coverage (penalties). And the technique needs to be more consistent. But as a Nickel CB, the traits are there to fit in Bears D.

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Yikes.. the #Bears are going to go from Bryce Callahan to Buster Skrine? Massive, massive downgrade at slot corner. Take it from this #Jets fan.

— Bato (@RealMattBarbato) March 12, 2019

This has been the recurring theme when it comes to the Skrine signing for Chicago. Matt Barbato noted he believes it is a downgrade at slot corner for Chicago to go from Callahan down to Skrine. Callahan was viewed by many as one of the league's top cornerbacks during the 2018 season before he suffered through an injury. Skrine has remained healthy throughout much of his career and that could have played into why the Bears went after him.

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#Bears have signed CB Buster Skrine, according to multiple reports. I remember Nagy having good things to say about Skrine before Jets game last year. He was in coverage vs Miller on one of Trubisky’s better TD throws. Was actually good coverage. https://t.co/JqAgTc9hdI

— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) March 11, 2019

Adam Hoge of WGN Radio pointed out that Skrine was in coverage against Anthony Miller back in October and gave up a touchdown. Hoge also noted that Skrine did have pretty good coverage on the play and it was one of Mitch Trubisky's better throws of the season. Miller did a nice job of setting up near the out-of-bounds marker before Trubisky hit him with a perfect pass on his back shoulder.

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Buster Skrine was the last player left from the secondary spending spree of 2015. He lasted all 4 years of his contract. Revis, Cromartie and Gilchrist are all long gone.

— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) March 11, 2019

The New York Jets tried to revamp their secondary in 2015 and Skrine was one of the organization's big signings. At that time, the Jets had Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie and Marcus Gilchrist. Skrine was one of the four who actually worked out over the course of his four-year deal. Skrine was rarely a big playmaker for the Jets, but he was a consistent presence whenever he was on the field. The Bears are hoping for the same from him.

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Opposing QBs had a passer rating of 124.2 when targeting Buster Skrine last year. But slot corner production can sometimes be a function of how good the rest of a defense is. The #Bears may be testing that theory with this deal: https://t.co/OxFkSFyX95

— JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) March 11, 2019

JJ Stankevitz of NBC Sports Chicago noted Skrine gave up a quarterback rating of 124.2 when attacked last season. While that number is very high, Stankevitz noted some of that can be a product of the defense around him. Luckily for Skrine, he is set to play in a defense that was among the NFL's best last season. Chicago was one of the best at getting after the quarterback and that pressure up front will help take pressure off Skrine in the passing game.

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Nickel CB Buster Skrine has missed five games in eight NFL seasons and drew Matt Nagy's notice last year. More durable than Bryce Callahan. RB Mike Davis fits stylistically with Bears' offense, but as a complementary piece. Bears wise to keep monitoring expensive safety market.

— David Haugh (@DavidHaugh) March 12, 2019

One of the strengths of Skrine's game is that he has only missed five games in his career. The bad thing is those missed games have all happened over the course of the last few seasons. That durability, as long as it remains, will be something the Bears covet. Callahan was excellent when on the field for the organization, but there was always some worry as to whether or not he could be out there for a long period of time.

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@BusterSkrine that Lamborghini ain’t gone cut it out here in Chicago fam welcome to the club free admission all year

— Taylor Gabriel (@TGdadon1) March 12, 2019

Taylor Gabriel and Skrine overlapped during their time together with the Cleveland Browns during the 2014 season. Gabriel caught 67 passes for 688 yards this past season with two touchdowns. The receptions and yards were the highest of Gabriel's career. The 2018 season marked his first year with the Bears after signing a four-yea deal with the Bears last offseason.

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https://247sports.com/nfl/chicago-bears/ContentGallery/Buster-Skrine-Bears-reactions-129972695/#129972695_10

Pretty hard to find many positive reactions, I hope Pace is right again.

 

 

 

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BamaBear09 wrote:

 

Corn Cob wrote:

This signing scares me.....everything I'm reading, including opinions from Jets fans aren't looking very positive. 

Hopefully Pagano can motivate him to clean up his faults!

 

P.S. .....on a side note...with these 2 signings Pace has sacrificed any high draft comp picks the Bears may have had coming .

From what I have read he struggled a bit playing outside corner but once he was moved inside, he was one of the better nickel backs in the league and did a good job blitzing... I think a lot of the negative feelings from Jets fans were because of the contract he was on with them...

As for the compensatory picks, we aren't there yet but there will be a day when the team loses more than they sign... give Pace a couple more years of drafting well and it will begin.

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This is what I have been reading also.

Lets not forget Tolliver is still on the squad too. Tolliver came along and played well for a Rookie. He should get a hard look this off season to usurp one of the Veterans and at worse be the first reserve off the bench. bears have some new DB coaches, lets hope they bring something to the table besides a name tag.

* Personally, Tolliver should push Amukamara off the field. If not this year, then next year. Grow your own should be the Bears watchwords.

Next year will be even better!

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I would feel a lot better about this if it meant we were bringing Amos back.  *sigh.  I think he will likely do fine though, he is surrounded now by the best D on the planet so I don't doubt he will be able to hold his own as a Nickle CB.  I would not want to see him on the outside though.

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