By: Jay Patel
The Chicago Bears signed two veteran free agents to fill key areas of need. WR Ted Ginn Jr. and S Tashaun Gipson each join Chicago on team-friendly, one-year deals. Ginn Jr. will get the opportunity to be the 3rd or 4th WR on the depth chart and brings blazing speed. Meanwhile, Gipson could immediately slide into the starting SS position alongside Eddie Jackson. Both of these moves are solid, under-the-radar signings to give Chicago great veteran players.
Ginn Jr., 35, still has a few years left on him. He’s played for the Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers, Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, and most recently, the New Orleans Saints. He’s a big-time playmaker as Ginn Jr. ranks 25th in NFL history with 15,685 all-purpose yards. Returning kicks/punts, running deep routes, and run plays are some of his specialties. Coach Nagy just got two speedsters (5th round pick Darnell Mooney as well) to give him even more flexibility in his playbook. With Mooney, Patterson, Ginn Jr., and Cohen, the Bears have a nice collection of speed, and the plays could get very interesting. The Bears should be looking to keep six receivers with roster locks Robinson, Miller, Patterson, and Ginn Jr. Then, there will be a battle between Javon Wims, Riley Ridley, Mooney, and recently signed Trevor Davis for the final two spots.
Gipson, 29, will be immediately become the favorite to start at SS. Deon Bush should get a chance to compete, but Gipson has the upper-hand with his experience. He spent last season with the Texans, starting 14 games, and registering 51 tackles, 8 pass deflections, and three interceptions. The Texans released him on Tuesday, and the Bears were quick to sign him. Gipson has also played for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Cleveland Browns. This is a similar situation as last season when Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix was signed to a cheap deal to fill a void left by Adrian Amos. Now, with Clinton-Dix in Dallas, the Bears are filling his spot with a similar player on a similar deal. Chicago did not draft a safety in the draft, so signing a veteran like Gipson was a great move.
Ginn Jr., and Gipson each bring a lot to the Bears. Each of them are in-line to make solid contributions during the 2020 season. It should be exciting to see Ginn Jr. turn on the jets in Chicago with Coach Nagy’s dynamic playbook. Additionally, a duo of Jackson-Gipson will smother opposing offenses, and combined, they could easily eclipse 10 interceptions. These are two solid signings post-draft.