Just a few weeks ago, with the season already started, the Baltimore Ravens signed veteran safety Duron Harmon in the wake of the news of Marcus Williams suffering what was then believed to be a "torn pec" expected to force Williams into IR.
Just a few hours ago, with the season already heading into Week 5, the Baltimore Ravens lost veteran safety Duron Harmon to the Chicago Bears, who signed him off the Ravens' practice squad on Tuesday, per Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
According to Biggs, this is "the second defensive back the team has signed off a practice squad in the last two weeks," supposedly in an attempt to fix their struggling secondary in a season that couldn't be going any worse for Chicago.
If anything, Harmon will offer the Bears a veteran voice in their locker room, having spent time with the Raiders in 2022, his most recent season in the NFL, but also winning the Super Bowls during his stint in New England during the Tom Brady dynasty.
After further examinations, Marcus Williams opted not to undergo surgery nor get placed on IR by the Ravens and he was already expected back on the field for the divisional game at the Cleveland Browns last Sunday before he was ruled out right before kick-off.
With Williams about to return on Sunday to face the Steelers, and all of the secondary backups playing way above expectations, Harmon never really stood a chance of getting called up to the active roster in any of the three weeks he was a member of the Ravens practice squad.
Chicago, on the other hand, could probably benefit from trying to shake and shuffle their cards a bit if only to try some new stuff and win a game or two throughout the remainder of the season.
Thus the cheap gamble in poaching a second practice-squader in as many weeks made by the Bears.