The Chicago Bears have had a particularly busy off-season with a lot of turnover both on and off the field so far.
New head coach John Fox has made one of his first big signings however. Following the deal to get Pernell McPhee from the Baltimore Ravens on a five-year, $39million contract, the Bears have given another big boost to their defense.
According to the teams official Twitter account, the Chicago Bears have signed former New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle on a three-year deal worth around $21million dollars.
This could very well prove to be an incredibly important signing for the Bears, as they had a dire need to replace former starting safety Chris Conte, who looks set to sign for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the coming days.
This is a great addition for new defensive coordinator Vic Fangio to work with. Fangio inherited a secondary that was hampered by injuries last year and hasn't been a truly consistent force for a good few years at least.
Rolle is the epitome of what the Bears are trying to do in completely re-shaping the locker room under the new regime. Out have gone players who disrupted team chemistry like Brandon Marshall and in come incredibly professional players like Rolle who was called an incredible leader by Giants head coach Tom Coughlin.
"I don't think I've ever been involved with a player who was more sincerely interested in how his team could improve," Coughlin said of Rolle at the scouting combine in February. "And I admire that very much in him as a young man and as a leader."
Rolle's deal is worth $11.25 million with $5 million in guarantees and will almost certainly be the last multi-year deal the safety gets, seeing as this will take him up to 35-years old.
Rolle has been in the league for 10 years since being drafted by the Arizona Cardinals with the eight overall pick in the 2005 out of the University of Miami, where he was an All-American. Rolle was originally a cornerback but moved to safety and became the highest paid player at the position in history when the Giants gave him $37million.