Chicago drafted David Montgomery in the third round to compete with Davis and Tarik Cohen for backfield snaps, Rich Campbell of The Chicago Tribune reports.
The Bears traded Jordan Howard to Philadelphia in late March a couple weeks after signing Davis to a two-year, $6 million contract that includes a $2 million signing bonus. The financial commitment hints at a significant role on offense, while the decision to trade up for Montgomery suggests the Bears want more upside than they could get from a Davis-Cohen backfield pairing. With Cohen locked in as the top pass-catching threat, Davis will battle the rookie for what should be a large number of carries. Chicago ranked sixth in the NFL last season with a 45.2 percent run-play rate, often nursing leads thanks to a dominant defense.
The Bears telegraphed Howard's eventual departure earlier in March when they signed Davis to a two-year, $6 million contract, with 50 percent guaranteed including a $2 million signing bonus (per overthecap.com). While his track record as a runner doesn't compare to the man he's replacing, Davis is a much better pass catcher than Howard, potentially making the 26-year-old a better fit for coach Matt Nagy. The 2015 fourth-round pick averaged just 2.9 yards on 122 carries his first three seasons in the NFL, eventually breaking out in 2018 with a 112-514-4 rushing line (4.6 YPC) and 34-214-1 receiving line in 15 games for Seattle. Although he's no match for Cohen in terms of explosiveness or receiving ability, Davis does have about three inches and 35 pounds on his new teammate, making him the likely choice for the bulk of first-down carries as well as short-yardage/goal-line work. Of course, the Bears still have time to supplement their backfield with a draft pick and/or late free-agent signing.
With this acquisition, the writing is on the wall for Jordan Howard's tenure with the Bears. Assuming Howard isn't around next season, Davis will form a two-pronged backfield with Tarik Cohen, who recorded 71 catches, 1,169 yards from scrimmage and nine touchdowns last season. Meanwhile, Davis himself posted 34, 728 and five, respectively, with the Seahawks. A similar breakdown between the two can be expected in the fall.
Davis rushed four times for 10 yards and caught both targets for 22 yards in Saturday's wild-card loss to the Cowboys.
Davis was held under 45 rushing yards for the eighth straight game, and he averaged less than five carries per contest in that span. He finished the regular season with 514 yards and four touchdowns on 112 carries, and his campaign was highlighted by a Week 4 performance versus the Cardinals when he compiled 124 scrimmage yards and two scores. His featured role was as a pass catcher this season, as he ranked third on the team and first among running backs with 34 receptions, which he parlayed into 214 yards. His contract with Seattle will expire in March, and Davis may explore his options since Chris Carson broke out this year and rookie Rashaad Penny -- the Seahawks' first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft -- looks poised to take over as the No. 2 back.
Davis (foot) won't carry an injury designation into Saturday's wild-card matchup with the Cowboys, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.
The Seahawks haven't completed their final practice of the week, but there's apparently no concern about Davis' status for the weekend after the foot issue limited his participation in Wednesday's session. He'll fill his familiar duties as the Seahawks' top pass-catching option out of the backfield Saturday, a role that netted him 34 receptions for 214 yards and a score during the regular season.
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