Bears Season in Review: Prince Amukamara

Bryan Perez
NBC Sports Chicago

Bears cornerback Prince Amukamara has been one of the most underrated starters on Chicago's defense over the last three seasons, and that continued in 2019.

Amukamara started 15 games, logged 891 snaps and finished 11th on the Bears' defense with a 68.2 grade from Pro Football Focus. His 70.5 coverage grade was second-best among Chicago's starters and his 75.5 tackling grade rated sixth.

Amukamara totaled 53 tackles, 10 passes defended and one forced fumble. He failed to record an interception for the second time in his three years as a Bear.

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Simply put, he was a consistent and reliable player against both the pass and the run, but with the Bears in need of salary-cap space this offseason, Amukamara is one of the first names mentioned when potential cap-casualties are discussed.

With one year remaining on the three-year, $27 million contract signed at the start of 2018, the Bears can save $9 million against the 2020 salary cap if they give Amukamara his walking papers. 

If Amukamara was more than just a consistent player, if he forced turnovers and flipped the field as a playmaker in the secondary, next season's salary would be an easy one to pay. But second-year cornerback Kevin Toliver proved he's capable of providing a similar level of play as Amukamara in the 175 snaps he totaled for Chicago's defense in 2019.

The Bears could certainly do a lot worse than field Amukamara again in 2020 and pay him like a top-20 player at his position. But don't expect that to happen in an offseason where some turnover (no pun intended) is expected. 

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Bears Season in Review: Prince Amukamara originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

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