The Major Wright Era ended quietly on Tuesday as the Bears signed former Steelers/Giants strong safety Ryan Mundy to a two-year contract, a step that dials down exponentially another need area on a defense being made over.
General manager Phil Emery made it clear last month that safety play was adequate going forward: “We need to improve back there,” Emery said, speaking indirectly about Wright, who is gone, and Chris Conte, who will be tasked with competing to retain his starting job.
Mundy has never started more than the nine games he did last season for the New York Giants when he produced a career-best in tackles (70), a skillset the Bears felt was too often missing from Wright’s game.
Mundy also brings a durability component that has not always been part of the Bears’ safety situation. He has played in 16 games in all five of his seasons after being drafted by the Steelers in the sixth round of the 2008 draft out of West Virginia.
The Bears are still expected to look for a safety in the draft, something they did for the eight drafts prior to 2013.