This morning, Field Yates reported that the Chicago Bears have picked up the 2020 fifth-year option on Leonard Floyd. I understand that outside of Khalil Mack, Akiem Hicks and maybe Aaron Lynch, the position of pass rusher is quite thin, but my question is why? In three seasons with Chicago, Floyd has had 15.5 sacks, three fumble recoveries and 81 solo tackles. Taking into consideration he only played in 12 games in his first season (2016) and 10 in his second (2017), these numbers are not all that impressive.
To be fair, I thought Floyd showed some flashes of greatness last season. Having Mack and Hicks on the same line most definitely gave him the opportunities to shine. The problem is, they were only flashes of greatness. He could not have been more inconsistent last season, and his numbers really show it. This very well could have been Ryan Pace’s biggest bust of a draft pick.
In undrafted free agency, the Bears took several pass rushers to groom as projects, including one that just might be a young Khalil Mack in training. I discussed the Bears undrafted free agent signings in a previous article. I think Floyd has been given enough chances. If he can’t perform this year and take his talent to the next level, let alone stay healthy enough to play a full 16 for the second time in his career, then he shouldn’t be in a Bears uniform a fifth time. It’s time for some new blood and fresh faces on this defensive line.
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