Safety Lu­cas be­comes sec­ond Bear to opt out

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS - BY PA­TRICK FIN­LEY, STAFF RE­PORTER pfin­ley@sun­times.com | @patrick­fin­ley

The Bears had a sec­ond player opt out be­cause of coro­n­avirus con­cerns: safety Jor­dan Lu­cas, whom they signed to a one-year, $1 mil­lion deal in March.

The team put Lu­cas on the re­serve/ opt-out list Mon­day af­ter do­ing the same last week with stand­out nose tackle Eddie Gold­man.

The Bears hoped Lu­cas, a Su­per Bowl cham­pion with the Chiefs, would con­trib­ute on spe­cial teams. Co­or­di­na­tor Chris Ta­bor was par­tic­u­larly in­trigued by his speed and ver­sa­til­ity.

Lu­cas was asked in June what it would take for him to feel safe in­side Halas Hall.

“For me? I feel like ev­ery­one tak­ing it se­ri­ously,” he said. “That’s just around the world, which I know is not gonna hap­pen right now. Be­cause you see peo­ple go­ing out, still par­ty­ing, this and that. All this me­dia cov­er­age of the [Ge­orge Floyd-re­lated] protests, but a lot of peo­ple are for­get­ting about coro­n­avirus still. It’s a real thing. It’s still killing. It’s still af­fect­ing a lot of peo­ple.

“I’ve been tak­ing it se­ri­ous as far as the quar­an­tine go­ing, my fam­ily has. And I’m just less wor­ried about me, more wor­ried about my son and my wife. So we’re try­ing to stay as safe as pos­si­ble.”

Gen­eral man­ager Ryan Pace said last week that he hadn’t been told that any­one other than Gold­man planned to opt out.

The Bears ac­ti­vated tight end Eric Saubert and nose tackle John Jenk­ins from the re­serve/COVID-19 list. They ei­ther tested pos­i­tive last week or were near some­one who did. They also cut of­fen­sive line­man Dino Boyd.

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