Bears' Davis Positive Despite His Uncertain Future

The Bears gain a compensatory draft pick if they release Mike Davis this week.

Chris Emma
November 05, 2019 - 12:49 pm
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- Bears running back  Mike Davis was in a dark place early in his NFL career. He was in Seattle and not performing the way he hoped. It took a toll.

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"I always told myself I would never go back to that place again," Davis said Tuesday. "I always keep a smile on my face. I'm always be upbeat, no matter the situation."

Davis, 26, is keeping himself positive amid another difficult situation. He could encounter an early end to his time with the Bears, as he could be released later this week.

If the Bears cut Davis by Saturday at 3 p.m., they would gain a 2020 compensatory draft pick that's expected to be a fourth-rounder. They would obtain that because their losses in free agency -- notably safety Adrian Amos leaving for the Packers -- would exceed their gains based on a formula the NFL uses.

Signed to a two-year, $6-million deal in March, Davis has just 11 carries for 25 yards this season -- and only two carries in Chicago's last four games.

"Thinking of something like that is negative," Davis said. "I really don't care about outside voices or whatever comes with it. All I can do is come up, show up every day, be a great teammate and be ready to go, no matter what happens."

Davis didn't play a single offensive snap in the Bears' 22-14 loss to the Eagles on Sunday, though he has had a minor role on special teams. The Bears have featured rookie David Montgomery as their leading running back lately, with Tarik Cohen serving as the second option.

The Bears have two options on their practice squad to potentially replace Davis in rookie Kerrith Whyte Jr. and second-year player Ryan Nall. The team made a minor roster move Monday in signing tight end Bradley Sowell back to the active roster and waiving linebacker James Vaughters, who still had a nameplate over his locker Tuesday, meaning he's expected to return on the practice squad.

It remains to be seen whether the Bears will cut ties with Davis. The Bears have never held a compensatory draft pick under the watch of general manager Ryan Pace, who hasn't spoken with reporters since before the regular season began.

"I just stay positive," Davis said. "That's just something I got to stay positive, stay upbeat. Don't let anything take my joy. Just come in here, have fun and work. I love my teammates around me. I refuse to be that teammates bringing negative vibes."

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.