The Bears on Wednesday announced that they have agreed to terms, pending a physical, with veteran cornerback Buster Skrine on a three-year contract.
Skrine, who will turn 30 in April, has appeared in 123 NFL games with 85 starts over eight seasons with the Browns (2011-14) and Jets (2015-18). He has recorded 457 tackles, nine interceptions, 77 pass breakups, 3.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and 14 tackles-for-loss.
Before the Bears hosted the Jets last season at Soldier Field, Bears coach Matt Nagy described Skrine as “one of the better nickels in this league, if not the best.”
Skrine was selected by the Browns in the fifth round of the 2011 draft out of Chattanooga. His best season came in 2014 when he set career highs with 16 starts, four interceptions and 18 pass breakups in his final year in Cleveland.
Skrine spent the past four seasons with the Jets. Last year the 5-9, 185-pounder registered 58 tackles, eight pass breakups, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and four tackles-for-loss.