The Chicago Bears lastly made a transfer alongside the line of defense in free company. Chicago is predicted to signal defensive finish DeMarcus Walker to a three-year, $21 million deal.
It’s the fourth transfer of the day for normal supervisor Ryan Poles, who additionally agreed to phrases with linebackers Tremaine Edmunds and T.J. Edwards, in addition to offensive guard Nate Davis.
Walker is coming off a breakout 12 months with the Titans, the place he notched 7.0 sacks, 32 pressures — each profession highs — and 16 quarterback hits. His 7.0 sacks had been greater than Justin Jones, Trevis Gipson and Dominique Robinson mixed final season. His 16 QB hits had been 4 lower than the Bears’ workforce whole of 20.
Safe to say, that is an improve at defensive finish — even when it isn’t an excellent flashy signing. He’s a high-upside addition for Poles, who has the potential to be an impactful rotational participant.
Here’s how Twitter is reacting to the Bears signing Walker:
Safety Jaquan Brisker led the Bears with 4 sacks final season as a rookie. New DE DeMarcus Walker had seven for the Titans. His 16 QB hits additionally would have led the Bears. So, sure, I’d say the Bears made an improve with this transfer.
— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) March 14, 2023
New #Bears DE DeMarcus Walker completed final 12 months with 7 sacks, 32 pressures and 16 QB hits, and he had a stable 72.8 PFF grade.
Nice signing who ought to be capable of begin off the sting for Chicago. Also has some inside-outside versatility. Necessary add to their DL.
— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) March 14, 2023
DeMarcus Walker had 16 QB hits final season. The Bears had 20 as a workforce. He will assist.
— Ross Read (@RossRead) March 14, 2023
Ages of the gamers the #Bears signed/acquired lately:
Tremaine Edmunds – 24
DJ Moore – 25
TJ Edwards – 26
Nate Davis – 26
DeMarcus Walker – 28
Ryan Poles is seeking to construct a workforce of younger gamers, all with excessive upside, at an affordable price ticket.
Love the strategy to this point.
— Chris Maltby (@ChrisMaltbyBD) March 14, 2023
DeMarcus Walker? He’s good. He’s not GREAT however he is good. Not solely did he have 8 sacks final 12 months, he is stable towards the run. https://t.co/aQ1Z8giIPa
— Ken Mitchell (@WCGBearsDenDude) March 14, 2023
It’s turning into increasingly more evident to me that the #Bears want to add strategic worth over huge names.
Ryan Poles locks up DE DeMarcus Walker earlier than the night time caps off.
Walker had 7 sacks and 16 QB hits with the #Titans in 2022.
Good worth, low price ticket. I dig it.
— Chris Maltby (@ChrisMaltbyBD) March 14, 2023
Interesting that the Bears are giving DeMarcus Walker $7M per 12 months. Walker was estimated to make half that. Aggressive signing. That stated, Walker had 7 sacks in a rotational function. Entering his prime at 28. Poles needs to see what he can do as a starter for the Bears. So do I. https://t.co/KF6sjsJQ83
— Flo Ottis (@flo_ottis) March 14, 2023
I don’t thoughts this as a depth transfer or DE2 transfer. Great at attending to the QB which Bears desperately need assistance with.
They wanted an entire DL overhaul as nicely and this can be a good depth begin. https://t.co/IjH1kTRzkT
— Joseph Herff (@JosephHerffNFL) March 14, 2023
Fairly sure Walker can set an edge – sure it is a low bar but it surely’s one thing final 12 months’s FA DE did not do time and again and over…. https://t.co/e43xzrQ3jZ
— (Ryan Cox) (@MrRyanCox) March 14, 2023
At 6’4” 280 he can play all around the DLine. He additionally had 32 pressures.
This signing is a steal. Poles is cooking!! https://t.co/v2MoNRTWyL
— TonyThePodBoss (@TonythePodBoss) March 14, 2023
This looks as if an overpay for a journeyman off greatest 12 months the place he was on area solely ~40% of snaps. But it’s an try at upgrading the d line so factors for making an attempt. Just out of left area for me. https://t.co/9EWtpNenp3
— B (@BShulkes) March 14, 2023
Walker participant inside and on the sting for the titans. I’d think about that versatility appealed to the Bears https://t.co/5i3T6z0RIe
— Chicago Football Connection (@CFCBears) March 14, 2023
Bears has to do one thing on the DL at present. Walker is an effective rotational edge rusher with upside. More work to be carried out although. https://t.co/3uuM1OlNh8
— Josh Schrock (@Schrock_And_Awe) March 14, 2023
Love this!! Been a giant fan of DeMarcus since all the way in which again when Mike Garafolo tweeted that the Bears acquired him. Huge decide up https://t.co/CzObsDyFIA
— BuffLlama (@JayDizzyD) March 14, 2023
Such a Poles signing. Good deal, good upside, good athlete. Nothing flawed with it, however the line of defense room nonetheless wants loads of assist. https://t.co/vgSg445qjq
— Luke O’Grady (@LukeOGrady) March 14, 2023
The former second-rounder put up back-to-back seasons of at the least 30 quarterback pressures, beginning to come into his personal
Strong deal for him, helps with the poor edge defender group in free company. Bears needed to do one thing alongside the line of defense at present https://t.co/DzfwPKH08W
— Brad Spielberger, Esq. (@PFF_Brad) March 14, 2023
I believe this can be a good signing to be our EDGE2. Upgrade over Gipson and Robinson, who now grow to be good depth items. Need that huge time rusher on the opposite aspect now. https://t.co/a4QycP6wL0
— Let Ryan Poles Eat (@POLESPLSEAT) March 14, 2023
Seems like a fairly low-risk, high-reward deal right here. See if he can construct off what he did final 12 months. The lack of a 3T looms giant, and the premiere cross rusher for somebody like Walker to go with. #DaBears https://t.co/oc7YsDad2K
— lstanczyksports (@lstanczyksports) March 14, 2023