It took a little more time than expected but the Chicago Bears are getting the guys they targeted. That now includes 32-year old safety Antrel Rolle.
— Aaron Leming (@AaronLemingNFL) March 12, 2015
A three-time Pro Bowler over his career, Rolle is viewed as one of the better safeties in the NFL. He was a top prospect out of Miami where he helped the Hurricanes win a national championship. After a successful stint in Arizona that included a Super Bowl appearance, he went to New York and aided the Giants in capturing a title in 2011.
Last season, at least by grade was a down year for Rolle but he still had three interception and the Giants defense played far better down the stretch and he started all 16 games. He’s experienced, charismatic, still talented and above all reliable. All things that can’t be associated with Chicago Bears safeties recently.
His deal is worth $11.25 million across three years including $5 million guaranteed. A nice step in the right direction as Ryan Pace and John Fox continue to make over the defense.
Expect him to be put directly into competition for the starting strong safety job with Ryan Mundy, a holdover from the Phil Emery and Marc Trestman era. One can expect the Bears aren’t done making moves at this position. Stay tuned.