The Bears continue to add defensive depth with a one-year deal for cornerback Artie Burns


The Bears clearly went into this offseason prioritizing defensive depth, as the team has reportedly made another move on Saturday afternoon to address that side of the ball: 

Burns is a former first-round pick out of the University of Miami, where he was teammates with the recently re-signed Deon Bush. The corner, still only 24 years old, was drafted No. 25 overall in 2016 and started nine games for Pittsburgh as a rookie, logging 52 solo tackles and three interceptions. 

The following season, Burns started all 16 games for the Steelers, but his playing time has since dwindled. He was Pro Football Focus' 63rd-best corner that season and has yet to match his overall grade (72.4) in either year since. Pittsburgh declined to pick up his fifth-year option, and despite missing two games with a knee injury this season, the writing was on the wall for Burns (who only started one game in 2019) when the Steelers made him a healthy scratch for the last month of the season. 

Burns joins former CFL corner Tre Roberson as reclamation projects who the Bears hope can help a secondary that will look much different next season. The release of Prince Amukamara opened up a spot alongside Kyle Fuller, meaning Burns will join Roberson, Kevin Toliver, and whoever else Pace may sign or draft in a battle for the starting job.

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