Bears kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson enjoyed quite the first season in Chicago. He didn't make much of an impact as a receiver (or even as a gadget running back) on offense, but he was the NFL's top return man and provided some field-flipping moments for the Bears in 2019.
Patterson, who's already a first-team Pro Bowler and a first-team All-Pro kick returner (AP), was picked by the Pro Football Writer's Association as a first-team All-Pro on Monday.
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Patterson finished 2019 second in the NFL in kick-return average (29.5 yards) and led the league in kick-return yards (825).
Still, a question remains whether Patterson's 2020 salary-cap figure ($5.75 million) is worth it despite his decorated 2019 campaign. Chicago can save $4.75 million against the cap if they decide to part ways, and if he doesn't factor in as more of a pass-catcher in 2020, his price tag might be a bit high considering his limited number of touches as a playmaker.
Patterson totaled just 11 catches for 83 yards, 17 carries for 103 yards and zero touchdowns on offense.
Special teams players often go undervalued, however, and Patterson proved last season that he is one of the best at his craft.
Cordarrelle Patterson's first-team All-Pro honors continue originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago