Bears Take On The Fifth-Year Option On Floyd

The Bears picked up the fifth-year option on this pass-rusher.

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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.

Regular Season Table
Scoring Tackles Def Interceptions Fumbles
Rk Date G# Age Tm Opp Result GS TD Pts Sk Solo Ast Comb TFL QBHits Int Yds TD PD Fmb FF FR Yds TD
12018-09-09126.001CHI@GNBL 23-24*000.011210000000000
22018-09-17226.009CHISEAW 24-17*000.030300000100100
32018-09-23326.015CHI@ARIW 16-14*000.001100000000000
42018-09-30426.022CHITAMW 48-10*000.020201000100000
52018-10-14526.036CHI@MIAL 28-31*000.031400000000000
62018-10-21626.043CHINWEL 31-38*000.030300000000000
72018-10-28726.050CHINYJW 24-10*000.020200000000000
82018-11-04826.057CHI@BUFW 41-9*160.0134011191100000
92018-11-11926.064CHIDETW 34-22*001.010113000000000
102018-11-181026.071CHIMINW 25-20*000.050520000000000
112018-11-221126.075CHI@DETW 23-16*000.002200000000000
122018-12-021226.085CHI@NYGL 27-30*001.021311000000000
132018-12-091326.092CHILARW 15-6*000.011211000100000
142018-12-161426.099CHIGNBW 24-17*002.060622000000000
152018-12-231526.106CHI@SFOW 14-9*000.010102000000000
162018-12-301626.113CHI@MINW 24-10*000.033610000000000
16 Games12-4-0164.03413479111191400100
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/7/2019.

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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