Amid the flurry of moves being made after the NFL’s free agency negotiations period officially opened on Monday, March 13, the Chicago Bears made a huge splash by snatching up the Buffalo Bills most prolific free agent, linebacker Tremaine Edmunds.
Following the conclusion of the 2022 NFL season, signs pointed toward the Bills prioritizing to keep Edmunds over fellow pending free agent, safety Jordan Poyer, but ESPN’s Adam Schefter poured cold water on the narrative during an appearance on NFL Live last week, noting how he didn’t expect either player to remain in Buffalo, and the league’s top insider looks to be correct in his prediction.
Based on the record-breaking contract the Bears offered Edmunds, the Bills were priced out from making a competitive offer. Schefter tweeted, “Bears are giving former Bills’ LB Tremaine Edmunds a 4-yr, $72M that includes $50M guaranteed, per source. It is the largest 4-year contract for an inside linebacker in the NFL.”
While it’s not clear where Poyer, 31, will end up next season, he was thrilled to see Edmunds get the bag. The All-Pro safety shared the news on his Instagram Stories and wrote, “Yessirr!” with three fire emojis.
For Bears fans analysts, learning they were getting Edmunds after general manager Ryan Poles had already snagged linebacker T.J. Edwards from the Eagles — they were ecstatic. One man tweeted, “TREMAINE EDMUNDS WELCOME TO THE CHICAGO BEARS ‼️ WHAT A SPLASH By Ryan Poles!!! OMG!! LETS. POLES COOOOOOK 👨🍳😤,” while ESPN insider Field Yates applauded the signing.
Yates tweeted, “New Bears LB Tremaine Edmunds is built for today’s NFL and to play for a Matt Eberflus defense: he’s got awesome athletic ability to play sideline-to-sideline and more than hold his own in pass coverage. And despite already being in the NFL for 5 seasons, he’s just 24 years [old]…”
Tremaine Edmunds is my kind of ball player. I’ve watched this clip about 60 times! Love it! Welcome to Chicago, @maine_savage23!#Bears pic.twitter.com/JTrbfL7Sc1
— Jarrett Payton (@paytonsun) March 13, 2023
Fox Sports anlyst Carmen Vitali tweeted, “Honestly love the Tremaine Edmunds signing for the Bears. They ended up paying about the same as they would have for Roquan Smith but by …read more