(670 The Score) The Bears revamped their linebacker corps Monday, when they reached deals Tremaine Edmunds and T.J. Edwards shortly after negotiations opened in free agency.
Edmunds, who will turn 25 in May, is the Bears’ biggest splash in free agency so far. He has received Pro Bowl honors twice and is coming off a season in which he had 102 tackles for the Bills in 13 games. Edmunds will join Chicago on a four-year deal worth up to $72 million, according to reports, after playing his first five NFL seasons in Buffalo.
“You have to feel at least cautiously optimistic that when he comes into Chicago that Matt Eberflus is going to deploy his strategy with Edmunds similar to what he did with Shaq Leonard during his time in Indy,” said Mike Danger, a host on 95.7 The Fan in Rochester, New York. “Because the upside there is ridiculous. And the athleticism and the sideline-to-sideline is outstanding.”
Danger also shared more of his scouting report on Edmunds.
“It’s the sideline-to-sideline stuff,” Danger said. “He’s not going to miss a lot of tackles. He is physical in that way. There were moments – and if you watched the final game of the season for the Buffalo Bills – both he and Ed Oliver both got steamrolled by Cincinnati and it wasn’t a great game for either of those two guys. So there are moments where Edmunds kind of feels like he disappears and you’re left wanting more. But again, I still think there’s a lot of upside with Edmunds being that he’s only 24 years old, will be 25 this season. There is a leadership (factor) there. The Bills did immediately make him a leader of this defense and a team captain right away. They didn’t retain him, I think, more than anything because they knew they weren’t going to be able to afford him.”
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