Benny Cunningham is heading to the Chicago Bears after spending the last four seasons with the Los Angeles Rams.
At the beginning of the free agency period, all signs pointed to the Los Angeles Rams parting ways with Benny Cunningham since the running back just didn’t seem like the best fit for Sean McVay‘s system. After almost two weeks, it appears the former Rams running back has found himself a new home as a member of the Chicago Bears.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Cunningham agreed to a one-year deal to join the Bears for the 2017 season, which is a great addition for John Fox‘s squad. Cunningham may be considered a running back, but the argument can be made that he’s been more valuable on special teams throughout his career after returning 95 kicks over the last four years.
There’s no question Cunningham’s average of 4.4 yards per carry during his four seasons with the Rams is quite impressive, but it’s safe to say the team will benefit more from having Lance Dunbar as the backup to Todd Gurley. As great as it was to have Cunningham for kick returns, Dunbar’s skills in the passing game seem to make him the more attractive option heading into 2017.
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Even though he’s now a member of the Bears, Cunningham will always be considered a favorite among Rams fans, and they wish him nothing but the best with his new team. Then again, it is kind of ironic how Cunningham is going from a four-win team in Los Angeles to a team in Chicago that finished with a 3-12 record during the 2016 season.