Signing of Tavon Young could provide solution at nickel for Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears off-season hasn’t been one fans had hoped for so far with the team having needs in key areas on both offense and defense.

It’s clear that the theme of this off-season are fliers and one-year deals for General Manager Ryan Pace, but who can blame him with what he inherited.

That did not change when the Bears signed ex-Ravens CB Tavon Young to a one-year deal and there is hope that he can be a solution at the nickel position.

Chicago’s secondary was depleted going into this offseason and despite having. Eddie Jackson and Jaylon Johnson, they needed to find at least two defensive backs and a safety. Adding Young to the room was necessary and when healthy, he can ball out.

Young spent his first six NFL seasons in Baltimore, making a strong impact when on the field. In the 50 games he has played, Young recorded 127 tackles, four sacks, four interceptions, three fumble recoveries, two touchdowns, and 16 passes defended.

The nickel corner has flashed his talent before, making aggressive plays on the ball and being good in run support. It’s a low-risk, high-reward signing due to his history.

Injuries have always slowed him down, however as he missed the entire 2017 season with an ACL injury as well as the entire 2019 season. Moreover, he missed 14 games in 2020 due to various injuries.

With Matt Eberflus’ new defensive system, Young will most likely fill the slot corner position. He has exceled in that position before and the hope is he can do it again while staying healthy. The former fourth-round pick back in 2016 has a chance to turn his career around with the Bears. At 28, Chicago is taking a flier on a quality corner who still has plenty left to offer.

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