Former Chicago Bears receiver Dontrelle Inman is heading for a new career.
Inman, who began his professional career in the Canadian Football League with the Toronto Argonauts in 2012, played in the NFL from 2014 to 2020, spending time in Chicago during the 2017 season. He also played for the Chicago Chargers. San Diego/Los Angeles (2014-2017) and the Indianapolis Colts (2018-2019), and he was part of the New England Patriots practice squad in 2019. His final season in the NFL was in 2020, when he played for the Washington football team.
Now Inman will be dipping his toes in the coaching waters.
According Mike Kaye of Pro Football Network, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni has confirmed that Inman will join his team next season as a trainee coach. As Kaye also notes, it’s a position another former Bears player, Eddie Royal, also recently held in 2021.
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Throwback to Inman’s time with the bears
The Bears traded for Inman in 2017, sending a conditional seventh-round pick to the Chargers in exchange for the receiver. It was a year in which the team desperately needed WR’s help, and while he didn’t set the turf on fire, he did contribute.
Inman played eight games for the Bears after being traded to the team that season, starting seven. He became a solid target for then-rookie QB Mitch Trubisky, catching six passes for 88 yards on his debut against rival Green Bay Packers in early November.
He finished with 23 receptions for 334 yards and a touchdown in his only season with the Bears, who opted not to re-sign him after his 2017 campaign ended. caught with the Bears that year, Chicago would not have gotten back the seventh-round pick it originally traded for wide. Alas, the Bears retained their choice.
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Inman has a past connection with current Eagles HC Nick Sirianni
Inman, 33, previously worked with the current Eagles coach in San Diego from 2014 to 2016, when Sirianni coached quarterbacks and wide receivers under former Chargers head coach Mike McCoy.
The former wide receiver finished his NFL career with 188 receptions for 2,445 yards and 13 touchdowns, with his best season coming in 2016, when he caught 58 passes for 810 yards and four scores. He developed a good relationship with ex-Chargers QB Philip Rivers, who praised Inman when they were teammates.
“If you want quality for a player, you want him to be reliable,” Rivers told the San Diego Union-Tribune in 2016. “Dontrelle is a good player. He makes games. He has a good run. Its main asset is that it is reliable. You can count on him to follow the right path, to play in any position, to do his job every day.
Now, Inman’s job will likely involve working with and advising Philadelphia’s young WR corps, which includes AJ Brown, DeVonta Smith and Quez Watkins.
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