After the Chicago Bears‘ Week Two win against the Bengals, reports indicate that defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. will be returning this week against Cleveland. Edwards missed the first two games of the season due to suspension.
As noted by Patrick Finley, Larry Borom’s IR placement opens up the roster spot for Edwards, so no corresponding move is required at this time. Once Borom is eligible to return, then a tough decision will be necessary at that time.
Edwards was a pleasant surprise for the Bears in a reserve role last season, tallying four sacks, 17 total tackles, and six tackles for a loss. Although he didn’t start a single game for Chicago in 2020, he played in 15 games.
This offseason, Edwards inked a nice three-year contract to remain with the Bears. The contract will see Edwards make $11.55 million over the life of the contract. If he can have a similar presence off the bench for the Bears in 2021 and beyond as he did in 2020, then the contract is well worth it for Chicago moving forward.
Edwards Jr. returns to action in Week Three as the Bears travel to Cleveland to play the Browns. This will be yet another tough matchup for the Bears after a rough opening matchup against the Rams in Los Angeles. A win for the Bears on Sunday, September 26 would be a surprise for a lot of fans around the league.
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