Ahead of the official start of free agency, there are a ton of free agent agreements beginning to take shape. Around the NFL, teams are handing out big-money deals to players left and right. One of those teams are the Chicago Bears. Late Tuesday morning, Quintin Demps and the Chicago Bears agreed to a 3-year, $13.5 million deal. The move won’t be finalized until the new league year begins at 3pm Central Standard Time. However, it looks like the Houston Texans will be losing a key defender from their league leading defense last season.

As for Demps, the multi-year deal is well deserved. Demps has been playing on 1-year deals for the last few seasons. He looked to be maxed out as a core special teamer and nickel safety. However, Demps has become an above-average starter at safety. Over the last 4 seasons, Demps has recorded 15 interceptions and 3 forced fumbles. He provided a stabilizing force for the back end of the Texans’ defense.

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Last season, in 13 starts, Demps recorded 55 tackles,1 forced fumble and a career high 6 interceptions. Those 6 interceptions were good for 2nd in the NFL, and 1st among safeties. Demps is a bit of a late bloomer, as he will be 32-years old in the 2017 season. Additionally, that means that he will be in his age 35 season by the end of his deal. Demps’ age could be looked at as a reason the Texans decided against committing a long-term deal to the safety. Whatever the reason, the Texans will be looking for another safety to patrol the backend of their defense in 2017.