Bears general manager Ryan Pace is back to making savvy moves. This organization has been making a lot of mistakes lately, but Pace got one right Saturday morning by waiving running back Mike Davis. Davis had just 11 carries through eight games after signing with Chicago in free agency this past offseason.
Davis signed a two-year, $6 million deal to help add a veteran presence to the Bears backfield. Davis was supposed to be the thunder to Tarik Cohen and David Montgomery‘s lightning, but the veteran back has failed to provide much of anything for this struggling Bears offense.
In cutting Davis, Pace now lines himself up to receive a compensatory pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. The Bears were due a speculated fourth-round comp pick in the 2020 draft due to them losing Adrian Amos in free agency last off-season. The Bears have not had a compensatory pick since 2009.
Compensatory picks are awarded in the NFL based on teams’ losses against their additions. Losing a player of Amos’s ability would help the Bears in being awarded a comp pick. Signing a veteran like Davis would hurt it. To ensure Davis wouldn’t factor against the team in that regard, Davis needed to be cut before kickoff Sunday‘s game against Detroit.
So, that is just what Pace did. Smart move. Also, waiting all the way up to Saturday morning to make this move was savvy on Pace’s part. A team that could very well pick up Davis is the team lining up opposite the Bears on Sunday. The Detroit Lions are in need of running back help. Waiting this long ensures that the Lions can’t scoop up Davis and play him against the Bears this week.
However, let’s not give Pace too much credit here. After all, he is simply just correcting his own mistake. Davis was paid $3 million to rush the ball 11 times for just 25 yards. Total. For eight games. Yikes.
Davis was brought in to replace Jordan Howard after Pace shipped him to Philadelphia for a sixth-round pick last offseason. While Davis has struggled, Howard has found success in the Eagles offense. The former Bear has rushed the ball 119 times for 525 yards and six touchdowns.
Nonetheless, good general managers quickly correct their own mistakes, and that is what Pace did here. Next up on the running back depth chart will likely be rookie Kerrith Whyte Jr. Whyte was a seventh-round pick in last year’s draft. He will bring some serious speed to the Bears offense. Look for him to be elevated from the practice squad before kickoff Sunday.
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