Following an active NFL trade deadline, the Chicago Bears had to make a few tweaks to their leadership group. With Robert Quinn and Roquan Smith now playing for new teams, two permanent captain spots opened up. Head coach Matt Eberflus selected Eddie Jackson and Justin Jones to fill those vacancies.
To begin the 2022 season, the Bears named Quinn, Smith, Cody Whitehair, and Justin Fields as their captains. But as the old adage goes, change is the only constant — especially for a rebuilding football team.
With half of the original group no longer in Chicago, another pair of defensive players will step into leadership roles.
Eddie Jackson, a 2017 fourth-round pick, is in his sixth season with the Chicago Bears. In 84 NFL games, he has 400 tackles, 14 interceptions, 37 passes defended, 10 forced fumbles, and three defensive touchdowns.
Jackson exploded onto the scene in his first few seasons, and he will now be tasked with helping Bears' rookie DBs Jaquan Brisker and Kyler Gordon in their development.
Justin Jones is in his first season with the Chicago Bears after spending four years with the Los Angeles Chargers. He has 24 tackles, two sacks, four passes defended, and one fumble recovery in eight games with his new team.
After the Bears moved on from Akiem Hicks and Eddie Goldman in the offseason, they needed someone like Jones to step in and fortify the interior of the defensive line.