The Bears picked up a potential starting cornerback to replace Prince Amukamara by landing former Steeler Artie Burns. He agreed to a one-year deal Saturday, his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told the Sun-Times.
Burns was the No. 25 overall pick out of Miami in 2016 but fell out of favor with the Steelers and started only seven games over the last two seasons.
They soured on him in 2018, and he played only 66 snaps last season.
“Not a little bit disappointed — disappointed, certainly,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said a year ago.
There’s reason to hope for a turnaround, though, considering he’s still only 24.
The Bears released Amukamara in February to save money and plan for the future because he’ll turn 31 this summer.
Second-year cornerback Kevin Toliver also is a candidate to replace Amukamara after doing well in a late-season audition last year.
Burns started 32 of the 58 games he played for the Steelers and had four interceptions, 27 pass breakups and 149 tackles.