Pro Hoosiers: Former IU All-American Jason Spriggs Signs With Chicago Bears

A former Indiana All-American is getting a second chance not far from his hometown.

The Chicago Bears signed Jason Spriggs to a one year deal.  The Elkhart, Ind. product spent the first four seasons of his NFL career with the Green Bay Packers.

Spriggs grew up a Bears fan and Chicago had their sights on the Concord High School graduate in the 2016 NFL Draft.  But the rival Packers traded up to snag him in the second round with the 48th overall pick.

The Packers bet big on Spriggs and sent three draft picks to the Colts (57th overall, a fourth-rounder (125th) and seventh-round pick (248th) to move up to draft him.

Spriggs played in 36 games for the Packers, where he started nine.

The 6-foot-6, 301 pound Spriggs never met expectations in Green Bay, struggling with penalties and injuries.

In his second season, Spriggs was placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. He was activated later that season, where he started five games at right tackle, before landing back on injured reserve with a knee injury in late December.

Spriggs, who was waived by Green Bay in August 2019, spent that entire season on the Packers’ injured reserve list.

An All-American according to several outlets in 2015, Spriggs was a team captain for the Hoosiers.  He allowed just two sacks in 475 called pass attempts in 2015 and finished with 79 knockdowns in a team-high 1,074 snaps

Spriggs started all 13 games for a potent IU offense in 2015.  Indiana finished first in the Big Ten in total offense, passing offense and scoring offense, while placing second in rushing offense.

He started 28 consecutive games to begin his IU career and made 47 starts in 48 games at left tackle.


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