By Barry Barnes, Founder
There are a few guarantees in the NFL – your talent will make room for you, and a head coach, who is struggling with a new club because they are having difficulties with the scheme, will look to former players for assistance. Defensive back Isaiah Frey is an example of those guarantees as he was released by Chicago Bears last week, becoming available for new Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith to sign Tuesday to help simplify a complicated system in hopes of an immediate success for the 1-5 ball club.
Frey was selected by the Bears, with Smith at the helm, in the 2012 NFL Draft as a sixth-round pick (184th-overall).
The significance of Frey being selected in 2012 was he’s the first defensive player drafted (184th-overall) who ventured through the NFL Regional Combine, second to St. Louis Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein who was picked 171st-overall the same year.
The Nevada product played in 19 games for the Bears with seven starts, including three this season, for the three years he was in the Windy City. Frey registered 59 tackles, one pass defensed and forced a fumble, which came against the Carolina Panthers in Week 5.
Frey brings quickness, a physical presence and athleticism to the Bucs. Most importantly, 6-0, 195-pound cornerback applies familiarity to Smith’s system, and hopefully he can help produce results sooner rather than later.
The Buccaneers had a bye in Week 7 and will take the field against a struggling team in the Minnesota Vikings in Week 8. Frey will be set and ready as a member of the active roster.
The Bears released another player from their midst in defensive back Jordan Sullen, who was a member of their practice squad and was with the Denver Broncos during training camp. Clearly, Jordan’s talent is evident and the Pittsburgh Steelers made room for him on their practice team.
Sullen joins a squad that has a host of NFL Regional Combine standouts in wide receiver C.J. Goodwin and linebacker Alejandro Villanueva, both are on the practice squad. As well as defensive backs Robert Golden and Antwon Blake and fullback Will Johnson, who are on the active roster.
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