Cornerbacks ooze self-confidence naturally to the point that it’s not an extra helping of assurance. It’s more like an extra truckload of swag.
There was the time R.W. McQuarters stood in front of the dining hall at Olivet Nazarene and declared himself not only the best cornerback on the Bears, but the finest in the NFL.
You’re going to have a hard time finding a cover man who doesn’t believe he’s a shutdown player capable of blanketing half the field against the opposing team’s offense. It’s a position that requires short-term memory and supreme confidence.
Although Bears newcomer Prince Amukamara doesn’t lack for chutzpah, and that’s a good thing, he also is armed with keen self-awareness for how he landed with his third team in three years on a one-year, prove-it deal for $7 million.
Amukamara, a first-round pick of the Giants in 2011, spent last season with the Jaguars and figured it would be a launching pad to a large multiyear contract. The market didn’t shape up for him that way, and the Bears wound up getting him for one season to pair with fellow newcomer Marcus Cooper (three-year, $16 million deal) as they overhaul a position at which they used five starters in 2016.
The Bears have been actively working to revamp the position since general manager Ryan Pace and coach John Fox arrived. Alan Ball and Tracy Porter were signed in 2015. The Bears re-signed Porter last year after a failed bid to lure Janoris Jenkins. Yes, they sniffed around Josh Norman when the Panthers rescinded his franchise tag. They made a hard push for Stephon Gilmore in March before he signed with…
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