Bryce Callahan
No. 29     
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-10-23) October 23, 1991 (age 29)
Place of birth: Moscow, Idaho
Career information
College: Rice
Undrafted in 2015
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Chicago Bears ( 2015 2018)
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles     123
Sacks     4.0
Forced fumbles     1
Pass deflections     20
Interceptions     4
Total touchdowns     1

Bryce Jordan Callahan (born October 23, 1991) is an American football cornerback for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Rice University, and signed with the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent in 2015.

Early years[edit | edit source]

Callahan attended Cypress Woods High School where he played football. Callahan was named to the 5A All State First-team and Dave Campbell's Texas Football's 2009 All-Texas High School team.

Professional career[edit | edit source]

Chicago Bears[edit | edit source]

2015[edit | edit source]

On May 2, 2015, Callahan signed with the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent following the conclusion of the 2015 NFL Draft.[1] He made his NFL debut on September 13 against the Green Bay Packers.[2] On September 22, the Bears waived Callahan.[3] On September 24, the Bears re-signed Callahan for the practice squad.[4] On October 20, he was promoted to the active roster.[5] On November 9, Callahan recorded his first career pass deflection against the San Diego Chargers. On January 3, 2016, Callahan recorded his first career sack against the Detroit Lions.[6] He finished his rookie season with three starts in nine games, notching 21 tackles, four pass breakups, and a sack. He also fielded a punt return for 34 yards.[7]

2016[edit | edit source]

On September 19, 2016, in Week 2 against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football, Callahan made a diving play to deflect a touchdown pass from quarterback Carson Wentz to tight end Brent Celek.[8] On October 9, he made a career-high six tackles but left early due to a hamstring injury against the Indianapolis Colts.[9] On December 11, Callahan broke up a career high two passes against the Detroit Lions.[10] He finished his second season with ten starts in eleven games, recording 32 tackles and five pass breakups. He returned two kicks and one punt, gaining a combined 20 yards.

2017[edit | edit source]

On March 6, 2017, Callahan re-signed with the Bears.[11] On September 24, he grabbed his second career sack and his first career forced fumble, bringing down Pittsburgh Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger and knocking the football free.[12] On October 15, Callahan grabbed his first career interception, picking off Baltimore Ravens' Joe Flacco and returning it 52 yards.[13] He grabbed his second interception off DeShone Kizer of the Cleveland Browns on December 24.[14] On December 31, Callahan returned a punt on a trick play 59 yards for a touchdown in the season finale against the Minnesota Vikings.[15] His third season ended with six starts in twelve games, recording 25 tackles, six pass deflections, two interceptions, and a sack.

2018[edit | edit source]

On March 12, 2018, the Bears placed a tender on Callahan with the right of first refusal.[16] On April 17, he signed a one-year deal worth $1.3 million.[17] On September 23, Callahan intercepted quarterback Josh Rosen to seal a 16–14 victory against the Arizona Cardinals.[18] On October 28, Callahan made 4 tackles, deflected 3 passes and sacked quarterback Sam Darnold in a 24–10 victory against the New York Jets.[19] In Week 10 against the Detroit Lions, Callahan made 5 tackles and sacked and intercepted quarterback Matthew Stafford in the 34–22 win. He suffered a broken foot in Week 14 and was placed on injured reserve on December 12, 2018.[20] Callahan finished the season with 45 tackles, 6 passes defended, and 2 interceptions. He received an overall grade of 81.4 from Pro Football Focus in 2018, which ranked as the 7th highest grade among all qualifying corner backs.[21]

Denver Broncos[edit | edit source]

2019[edit | edit source]

On March 15, 2019, Callahan signed a three-year, $21 million contract with the Denver Broncos, reuniting him with former Bears defensive coordinator and Broncos head coach Vic Fangio.[22]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Flannery, Mike. "Chicago Bears Sign CB Bryce Callahan". Retrieved May 2, 2015.
  2. Woodrum, Woody (September 17, 2015). "Opening Day NFL Rosters have 79 C-USA, including 7 MU players" (in en-US).
  3. Mayer, Larry (September 22, 2015). "Bears promote Fales to active roster". Chicago Bears.
  4. Mayer, Larry (September 24, 2015). "Gase: Long 'making strides every week'". Chicago Bears.
  5. Mayer, Larry (October 20, 2015). "Focus on self-scouting, rest during bye". Chicago Bears.
  6. "Lions vs. Bears - Box Score - January 3, 2016 - ESPN".
  7. Householder, Sam (December 7, 2015). "Bears can't close: Five takeaways from 49ers game". Windy City Gridiron.
  8. Wiederer, Dan. "Mounting troubles obvious after Bears start 0-2". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 20, 2017.
  9. Eurich, Matt (October 9, 2016). "Chicago Bears cornerback Bryce Callahan questionable to return". 247 Sports.
  10. Mayer, Larry (December 11, 2016). "Bears fall short to Lions 20-17". Chicago Bears.
  11. Alper, Josh (March 6, 2017). "Bears re-sign Daniel Brown, tender Josh Bellamy and Bryce Callahan".
  12. Mayer, Larry (September 24, 2017). "2-Minute Drill: Defense shines in OT win over Steelers". Chicago Bears.
  13. Kaberon, Eli (October 15, 2017). "Inside Slant: Opportunistic defense fuels Bears in OT win". Chicago Bears.
  14. Mayer, Larry (December 24, 2017). "Game Recap: Bears batter Browns 20-3". Chicago Bears.
  15. Mayer, Larry (December 31, 2017). "Game Recap: Bears lose season finale to Vikings 23-10". Chicago Bears.
  16. Wiltfong Jr, Lester (March 12, 2018). "The Bears will tender restricted free agent Bryce Callahan". Windy City Gridiron.
  17. Zeglinski, Robert (April 17, 2018). "Bears re-sign Bryce Callahan to one-year deal". Windy City Gridiron.
  18. Kane, Colleen (September 23, 2018). "Unsung cornerbacks Sherrick McManis and Bryce Callahan make their marks against the Cardinals".
  19. Mayer, Larry (October 28, 2018). "Bears turn on Jets to snap skid".
  20. Mayer, Larry (December 12, 2018). "Roster Moves: Callahan to miss remainder of season".
  21. "Pro Football Focus: Bryce Callahan".
  22. DiLalla, Aric (March 15, 2019). "Broncos agree to terms with CB Bryce Callahan".

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