The Bears are hosting former Denver Broncos CB Kayvon Webster on a free-agent visit Wednesday, according to NFL Media's Mike Garafolo.
The news comes as somewhat of a surprise as the Bears' CB depth chart is solidified at the top and added two late-round developmental prospects in last week's draft — Duke Shelley and Stephen Denmark — to compete with a pair of 2018 college free agents in Kevin Toliver and Michael Joseph and special teams stalwart Sherrick McManis, the team's longest-tenured player.
Webster, 28, missed most of last season, his fifth in the league and first with the Houston Texans, following a quadriceps injury. Before signing that one-year deal, he spent one season with the Los Angeles Rams, starting 11 games in 2017 prior to rupturing his Achilles.
Webster (5-10, 192), originally a third-round selection by the Denver Broncos in 2013, ran a 4.41 40-yard dash and is known for his press-coverage ability and, earlier in his career, special teams chops. He led the 2015 Super Bowl-champion Broncos in special teams tackles and was among the team leaders in that category during his four years.
On defense, Webster has started 15 of a possible 96 career regular-season games, amassing 21 passes defensed, two interceptions and one forced fumble.
Although teams often look to free agency now to shore up positions that were neglected in the draft, GM Ryan Pace still doing his diligence at the CB position after doubling up there last week is interesting. Remember, he told us last week, albeit in discussing the league's most crowded kicking competition, that his Bears don't care about being unconventional.
Kyle Fuller and Prince Amukamara do headline a Bears CB corps that has more money invested in it over the next two years combined than any in the league outside Jacksonville. Is it possible the Bears are hosting Webster with their third phase in mind, in addition to potentially seeking more proven reserves, where Denmark might be ticketed for a rookie redshirt and Toliver has no special teams experience?
Webster seemingly would be a classic one-year, prove-it deal candidate at this juncture, so we'll see whether anything comes of his visit.