The Chicago Bears and Christian Jones have agreed to a one-year deal.
Christian Jones started his NFL career as a Chicago Bear in 2014. After initially signing as an undrafted free agent, Jones worked his way into a starting role by 2017. In 2017, he started 11 of 16 games at inside linebacker for the Bears and enjoyed his best year as a pro tallying 60 solo tackles and 90 combined. More importantly, Christian Jones was an important building block in bringing back the vaunted Bears defense that fans missed during the Trestman/Tucker era.
After his 2017 campaign, the Detroit Lions scooped up Jones as an unrestricted free agent and offered him a sizable contract in comparison to UDFA contracts. Jones earned his starting role for the Detroit Lions from 2018-2020. He started 42 of 45 games during his time in Detroit Jones wasn’t as productive in Detroit as he was in Chicago, but as we’ve come to learn, Matt Patricia wasn’t a great head coach. Patricia’s defense is as effective as Matt Nagy’s offense. It’s hard to blame Christian Jones for decreased production when he played for the dumpster fire we call the Detroit Lions defense.
The contract details have yet to be released, but I’m under the assumption that the Bears signed Jones for around the vet minimum. This was a no-brainer move by the Bears. Danny Trevathan and Roquan Smith have both experienced significant injuries in the last couple of years and solid ILB depth is essential for this Bears defense right now. It may seem like an under-the-radar move, but it could turn out to be one of the more important signings this offseason. Think back to Kevin Pierre-Louis in 2019.
By the looks of Bears Twitter, this signing was much more welcomed than the Andy Dalton signing. Bears fans appreciate rotational defensive players more than any other franchise. Christian Jones will play a prominent role in special teams and step in admirably if his number is called. Having a depth piece with that much starting experience and familiarity with the system can only benefit the Bears. Unfortunately for Jones, his old number 52 is currently being worn by Kahlil Mack. I don’t think he’ll be able to get that jersey back.
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