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Getty Trevon Coley #93 of the Cleveland Browns celebrates in front of Sam Darnold #14 of the New York Jets after an interception by Terrance Mitchell #39 during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 20, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Chicago Bears are adding some more experience to their defense as they close out their second week of 2022 training camp.

According to the NFL transaction wire, the Bears have signed former Cleveland Browns starting defensive tackle Trevon Coley and fifth-year veteran cornerback Davontae Harris to their 90-man roster after hosting both of them for workouts on August 4. Chicago also waived UDFA defensive back Jon Alexander and defensive lineman Auzoyah Alufohai to clear room on the roster for the new veterans.

Coley got the majority of his experience as a 29-game starter for the Browns over the 2017 and 2018 seasons, notching 80 combined tackles, 2.5 sacks, 11 tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries and a safety during his time in Cleveland. Since then, the 28-year-old defensive tackle has also played seven games for Indianapolis and six games (with two starts) for Arizona as a rotational piece, but he has not played since Week 13 of the 2020 season after spending all of last year on injured reserve.

While Coley will have to shake off the rust to have a shot at making the Bears’ active roster, he is a scheme fit for their new 4-3 defense under head coach Matt Eberflus and should have a shot at competing for a depth role. His biggest competition will be backups such as Angelo Blackson, LaCale London and rookie Micah Dew-Treadway.

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Harris Adds Depth Amid Graham’s Injury

The Bears seemed likely to add another cornerback to their roster with second-year slot contender Thomas Graham Jr. dealing with a hamstring injury, but Harris will have quite a bit to prove if he hopes to become more than a camp body for Chicago.

The 27-year-old Harris was originally a 2018 fifth-round pick for the Cincinnati Bengals, but he suffered a significant knee injury in September and missed the first three months of his rookie season, playing just 15 special teams snaps toward the end of the year. While he made it back to camp the following year, the Bengals cut their losses and moved on from him during final roster cuts.

Harris didn’t have to wait long for a second opportunity, signing with the Denver Broncos prior to Week 1 and going on to play in all 16 games for their secondary, including six games in which he started on the outside. More playing time, though, did not equate to better numbers as Harris allowed 31 receptions for 296 yards and three touchdowns on 44 targets in coverage during the 2019 season.

Over the past two years, Harris has been relegated to a backup role with several different squads. He played seven games for the Broncos as their No. 4 cornerback in 2020, then got waived and finished out the year as a four-game contributor for Baltimore. He also played one game for the San Francisco 49ers and five games for the Los Angeles Chargers in 2021, playing exclusively on special teams with the Niners.

The Bears aren’t exactly loaded with cornerback talent, but most of them tout more impressive resumes than Harris. Jaylon Johnson and second-round rookie Kyler Gordon project to be their starters on the outside while veteran Tavon Young — who was signed during the offseason — is the logical option in the slot until Graham is healthy again. Beyond them, the Bears also have quality depth in Kindle Vildor and Duke Shelley and a few unproven youngsters in the mix for backup/special teams roles.

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Proposed Bulls Trade Brings Back Demolition Man & Son of Former All-Star

Getty Kenyon Martin Jr.

At some point, you’d have to think the Chicago Bulls will trade Coby White.

The team has an abundance of guards with Lonzo Ball (if healthy), Zach LaVine, Goran Dragic, Ayo Dosunmu, and Alex Caruso.

If Chicago is healthy (a big if), there just isn’t a ton of minutes available for White. The 22-year-old is too talented and valuable for the Bulls not to get something back for him. Early attempts to move White didn’t render attractive offers. Perhaps the Bulls could find a fit for him on a young team looking to clear as much salary as possible.

White can be a free agent after this season, though his deal has a team option following the 2022-23 campaign. The Houston Rockets might be the right fit for such a deal. Here is a proposed deal that works financially and makes sense for both teams.

  • Bulls Get: Kenyon Martin Jr., David Nwaba, and a 2024 second-round pick
  • Rockets Get: Coby White and second a 2025 second-round pick
What’s In it For the Bulls?

Martin would be the biggest potential get for the Bulls. The 21-year-old son of former NBA All-Star Kenyon Martin is a budding stretch-4 with impressive athleticism and a developing three-point shot.

Martin recently asked to be traded after the Rockets drafted Smith as he may see himself in a situation similar to White in Chicago. In Martin’s second NBA season, he played in 79 games (2 starts) he averaged 8.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, and made just under 36% of his threes. Martin is a little smallish for the 4 spot at 6-foot-6, but that appears to be the style Chicago wants to go after for the power forward position.

There’s a chance Martin could be a solid fit to back up Patrick Williams. As of now, the Bulls don’t have a strong candidate to back up Williams. Derrick Jones (6-foot-5) is even smaller than Martin, and Javonte Green is even shorter at 6-foot-4.

Nwaba is a throw-in to make things work financially, but the ever-scrappy was a bit of a fan favorite during his first stint with the Bulls. He was affectionately referred to as “Demolition Man” by Bulls announcer Stacey King.

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The 29-year-old’ athleticism and strength allow him to defend and play bigger than his 6-foot-5 frame. Nwaba doesn’t back down from anyone, and he had arguably the best season of his career with the Bulls during the 2017-18 season. Nwaba played 70 games that year with 21 starts, averaging 7.9 points per contest.

If he could provide some minutes at either forward spot, toughness, and veteran leadership, Nwaba could be an excellent addition to the Bulls’ bench.

Both Martin and Nwaba are set to be free agents after the 2023-24 season.

What’s In It For The Rockets?

The Rockets have an extremely young core with Jabari Smith, Jalen Green, and perhaps Kevin Porter Jr. Like the Bulls, the Rockets have a lot of guards, but White would be arguably the most accomplished of the bunch. Still, he figures to be in a reserve role on this team.

The Rockets want to clear as much cap space as possible as they continue to rebuild. White coming off the books at the end of the season should be attractive to the Rockets. Houston could shed the additional salary owed to Martin (partially guaranteed) to Martin and Nwaba while getting a motivated White for a season without disturbing their rebuilding plans.

Houston could sign and trade White if he has a strong season to procure even more assets from the deal once everything is said and done.

This trade may not light the lamp for Bulls fans today, but it is the kind of realistic trade that could help fill out the roster while allowing Chicago to add a youthful, athletic player with some upside like Martin.

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