The former 2014 second-round pick appeared in 20 games over three seasons with Chicago. Sixteen of those contests, however, came in his rookie campaign, as he missed the entire 2016 season and 12 games in 2015 due to shoulder and knee injuries respectively.
Ferguson was also handed a four-game suspension in 2015 for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
The 30-year-old veteran played in 30 of 32 games over the past two seasons, but dealt with knee injuries last season that contributed to his up-and-down campaign. In 2016, Porter compiled 48 tackles, nine passes defended and two interceptions.
This offseason, Bears general manager Ryan Pace added depth to the corner position — a big weakness on a poor defense last season. Chicago added Prince Amukamara and Marcus Cooper to take over starter roles, while also signing veteran B.W. Webb. With 2014 first-round pick Kyle Fuller missing all last season with a knee injury, Pace took a ‘toss numbers at the problem and see what sticks’ approach to the corner position in 2017.
The outside linebacker re-signed with the Chicago Bears on Saturday on a one-year deal, his third consecutive season-long pact with the team.
Entering his seventh season in the pros, Acho was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the fourth round of the 2011 draft. He tallied 13 sacks over four seasons in the desert before finding employment with the Bears in 2015.
The linebacker played on the outside in Todd Wash’s defense in Jacksonville but likely will line up at one of the two inside backer positions in Chicago, where he’ll reunite with defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. Skuta played under Fangio in San Francisco from 2013-2014, starting in 18 of the 30 games in which he appeared.
More importantly, Skuta’s signing is an indication that usual starter Danny Trevathan, who is coming off a ruptured patellar tendon suffered in November, might not be ready for the start of the season. Chicago turned to youngster Nick Kwiatkoski in Trevathan’s absence, but that was more of an opportunity for the linebacker to gain experience at the end of an otherwise lost season. With a fresh slate ahead and a face familiar to Fangio available in free agency, Chicago has opted to plug the gap with a veteran presence.
That’s Bears guard Eric Kush, tackle Kyle Long and cheap jerseys and quarterback Mike Glennon … and lots of meat — enough barbecue chicken to make Shaq sweat; so many ribs that it looks like a Kobayashi scrimmage is about to go down.
This clip also informs you that “National Eat What You Want Day” prevents others from shaming you for consuming food that has hit the floor — if you do that sort of thing. Disclaimer: This will not save you from foodborne illnesses.
Chicago is also slated to meet with free-agent wideout Victor Cruz on Monday. Younger but more injury-prone than Royal, Cruz could be an intriguing replacement.
The Bears announced concurrently that they waived defensive lineman Will Sutton, fullback Paul Lasike and offensive lineman Cornelius Edison. Entering the fourth year of his rookie deal, Sutton is a surprising cut until you factor in that he was owed nearly $2 million in 2017, per Spotrac.