Former Bears multi-purpose player Cordarrelle Patterson to Falcons: report

The Bears signed Patterson for two years, $10 million in 2019 thinking he’d be an exciting spark for their offense, but he became a luxury they couldn’t afford.

SHARE Former Bears multi-purpose player Cordarrelle Patterson to Falcons: report
Cordarrelle Patterson scored three total touchdowns in two seasons with the Bears.

Cordarrelle Patterson scored three total touchdowns in two seasons with the Bears.

For the Sun-Times

Cordarelle Patterson will get another shot to continue his career after agreeing to a deal with the Falcons, NFL Network reported. The Bears moved on from Patterson after two seasons of him playing wide receiver, running back and special teams.

Patterson, 30, never quite found a role with the Bears’ offense and totaled just 550 yards from scrimmage and one touchdown. He played 19% of the offensive snaps each of the last two seasons.

On special teams, however, he was outstanding. The Bears used Patterson as a gunner in coverage and a kick returner, and he was selected all-pro both seasons. He returned kickoffs for touchdowns of 102 and 104 yards and averaged 29.2 yards per attempt.

Patterson was frustrated after getting 17 targets and 17 rushes at wide receiver his first season, then the Bears moved him to running back for 2020. He ran 64 times for 232 yards to finish at just 3.6 per carry.

The Bears made clear from the onset of free agency that they didn’t intend to re-sign Patterson after his two-year, $10 million deal ran out. He tweeted March 18 that the Bears hadn’t been in touch since the end of the season.

The Latest
It was the fifth loss in a row and 11th in the last 12 games for the Sox, who plummeted to 3-20.
By pure circumstance, USC quarterback Caleb Williams was on the same flight to Detroit on Tuesday as Washington wide receiver Rome Odunze. Time will tell whether they’re on the same flight out of Detroit — and to Chicago — on Friday morning.
Harrelson says he feels bad for chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, too.
The Cubs also provided an update on outfielder Cody Bellinger’s midgame injury.