Leonard Floyd was the No. 9 overall pick by the Chicago Bears back in the 2016 NFL Draft. His time with his first franchise has come to an end.
Floyd, a former Georgia Bulldogs standout, is set to be released by the NFC North franchise. The team has been pretty aggressive so far as free agency is set to begin tomorrow. That includes players both coming in and leaving the team.
The team has reportedly signed aging tight end Jimmy Graham to a two-year, $16 million deal. He didn’t exactly recreate his New Orleans Saints glory years with the Green Bay Packers over the last two years, but the Bears were comfortable giving him $9 million guaranteed. Some have called that the worst signing of the free agency period so far. We’ve also seen the Bears connected to multiple veteran quarterbacks, including Teddy Bridgewater, Andy Dalton, and Nick Foles, as potential alternatives to Mitchell Trubisky.
Now, with the defense primed for a shake up, Leonard Floyd is on the way out. In 54 games for the Bears, he finished with 156 total tackles and 18.5 sacks. He started the entire 16 game season each of the last two years. However, his most impactful year might’ve been his freshman season, when he recorded a career-high seven sacks, and added a safety, forced fumble, and fumble recovery.
Bears are releasing former first-round draft pick Leonard Floyd, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 17, 2020
The move comes along with a big signing by the Bears. The team landed Robert Quinn with a very big deal coming off of an 11.5 sack season for the Dallas Cowboys.
The #Bears are signing pass-rusher Robert Quinn to a 5-year, $70 million contract with $30 million fully guaranteed, agent Sean Kiernan from @SelectSports tells me and @TomPelissero. A new home for the former #Cowboys star after a huge year.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 17, 2020
The Bears finished 8-8 last season, and third in the NFC North, failing to make the playoffs. The Packers and Minnesota Vikings each reached the postseason.