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2019 Free Agency Profile: Bryce Callahan

Bryce Callahan was playing at a career-high level before his season was cut short when he sustained a broken foot in Week 14 against the Rams. The slot cornerback produced an overall grade of 81.4 (11th among CBs), emerging as an essential part of the Bears’ secondary and one of the best slot cornerbacks in the league.

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Callahan may have had his season cut short due to injury, but before then, he displayed exceptional ability at covering the slot, which has become a focal point for some of the best offenses in the league. When covering the slot, he allowed just 0.69 yards per coverage snap and a passer rating of 78.9, which rank second and eighth among cornerbacks, respectively. The four-year-veteran demonstrated the ability to effectively rush the passer, as well, generating 13 total pressures (including two sacks), despite never logging more than two pressures in a season prior to this year. The prolific usage of slot receivers combined with Callahan displaying exceptional prowess covering the slot should equate to a big payday for the Rice alumnus.

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