The Chicago Bears have signed safety Dane Cruikshank to a one-year deal, adding a valuable tool to their secondary.
Cruikshank, a former fifth round pick in the 2018 NFL draft, has spent the last four seasons with the Tennessee Titans. He’s played in 44 games, including four starts.
In 2021, Cruikshank appeared in 14 games with four starts, registering 43 tackles, one pass breakup and one forced fumble. He has one career interception.
While it’s uncertain whether Cruikshank will serve in a starting role, he carved out a name for himself with the Titans, where he’s been known as the “tight end eraser.” That alone has Bears fans excited about the addition of Cruikshank to Matt Eberflus’ defense.
Here’s how Twitter is reacting to new of Cruikshank joining the Bears.
Just had a quick look at 3 games, mostly STs player, but did fill in next to Byard in a lot of Cover 2 & Cover 1 (mostly with him as the deep safety, but also as the up man).
Not afraid to mix it in the tackle or vs blockers, confidence in playing against bigger dudes as ST’er.i https://t.co/RLx9AOJOiF
— Bearlissimo (@Bearlissimo1) March 30, 2022
The Titans of the Midwest strikes again.
Was hoping Cruik would come back to Tennessee, but I always figured he’d want to land somewhere with a better path to a bigger role on defense and he’ll get that in Chicago. https://t.co/aAFPXHwkCB
—Mike Herndon (@MikeMiracles) March 30, 2022
Damn, this is a player that battled back through injuries and produced at one of the highest levels against the NFL’s best TEs, better than I have seen in a looooong while here in Nashville. A player I definitely hoped that would be back. https://t.co/tUeILcJOx2
— Football & Other F Words (@FWordsPod) March 30, 2022
Bears have signed safety Dane Cruikshank.
26, got his first start last year with the Titans. Went on to start 3 more times and saw the field in 14 games total.
He had 1 PD, 1 FF, 43 tackles.
Ryan Poles is clearly valuing age, price & evidence the player is improving.
— Max Markham (@MaxMarkhamNFL) March 30, 2022
From what I’m getting from the Dane Cruikshank signing
Really good against TEs
3rd strong safety mostly used in dime packages
He’s an underrated dude that plays above expectations even tho he doesn’t play much
Seems decent in man to man coverage
jams at the line pic.twitter.com/9rrwbvKdDq
— nick bartolini (@nickbartolini25) March 30, 2022
I like the Dane Cruikshank signing. Much needed depth for the secondary. Sounds like he was pretty good defending TEs
— Bill Hellyer (@FigNewton44) March 30, 2022
Da #Bears have signed former Tennessee Titan Safety Dane Cruikshank. Dane is a stud as a dime package safety. He’s physical in the box, he can rush the passer, and absolutely locks onto opposing Tight Ends. An amazing pickup and another defensive multi-tool for coach Flus. #Bears
— DaBearsDidWhat? (@DaBearsDidWhat) March 30, 2022