Alan Ball played for the Jacksonville Jaguars over the last two seasons, providing reliable veteran support to an incredibly young defensive secondary.
He had a successful resurgence with the team in 2013, starting in 15 games and defending 14 passes and snagging two picks. 2014 was another story, however, as Ball fell to injury after just seven games and finished the season with three passes defensed and one interception.
Now, Alan Ball will try to find a home with the Chicago Bears who are bringing him in on a one season contract. He signed with the Bears on March 27th, hoping to show that he’s still got plenty left to offer an NFL team at age 30.
Overall, Ball has managed to turn his seventh round draft position into a fruitful NFL career. He stayed with the Dallas Cowboys (who brought him into the league) for five seasons before one year with the Houston Texans and two years with the Jacksonville Jaguars. All together he has put in 44 starts with two full seasons of work. For a guy who hardly saw the field his first couple years, it’s pretty impressive. His story is encouraging for young players who were drafted late (or undrafted) across the league).
We here at B&T wish him the best up in Chicago and hope that he finds success again. He was a great foundational player for Gus Bradley and general manager Dave Caldwell to utilize in their early rebuild. Now, younger players brought in will fill the hole left from his departure.
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