Ryan Poles and Matt Eberflus weren’t shy when they were asked about free agents who are still on the market and may be able to help the team. The Bears are still open for business.
Many expected those comments to mean the team would be in on one of the defensive ends still looking for a team, or that the Bears would add some depth on the offensive line. Instead, they could be adding to a position that’s already perceived as a strength.
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The Bears seem to be set at cornerback with Jaylon Johnson, Tyrique Stevenson and Kyler Gordon expected to start. They have intriguing young depth with players like Kindle Vildor, Jaylon Jones, Josh Blackwell and Terell Smith all fighting for spots. That’s why some thought the team would be more likely to subtract at cornerback rather than add.
Maulet is a six-year NFL vet with three interceptions, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery to his name. Typically the Bears want more takeaway production than that from their corners, but Maulet has racked up 183 tackles in his career and hitting the ball carrier is a must for Eberflus’ defensive backs.
The Bears report to training camp on July 25.