Free Agency 2016

Bears Sign Former Patriots DT Akiem Hicks


The Chicago Bears continued their defensive makeover as they signed former New England Patriots defensive tackle Akiem Hicks to a two-year contract.

Bears general manager Ryan Pace originally drafted Hicks in the third round in New Orleans back in 2012.

Hicks will join linebackers Danny Trevathan and Jerrell Freeman as three solid starters that were acquired by Pace during this past week.

Chicago has some pieces in place to drastically improve on their 20th ranked scoring defense from a season ago. Eddie Goldman had a tremendous rookie season in 2015 and Pernell McPhee should improve in his second season in Chicago.  Kyle Fuller is a talented player in the secondary and the Bears will have the 11th overall pick in April’s Draft.

If the Bears can get a solid season out of quarterback Jay Cutler and if last year’s first-round pick, wide receiver Kevin White can contribute, Chicago may be surprisingly competitive in 2016.


About Charlie Bernstein

Charlie Bernstein

Charlie Bernstein is the managing football editor for Football Insiders and has covered the NFL for over a decade.  Charlie has hosted drive time radio for NBC and ESPN affiliates in different markets around the country, along with being an NFL correspondent for ESPN Radio and WFAN.  He has been featured on the NFL Network as well as Sirius/XM NFL Radio and has been published on Fox Sports, Sports Illustrated, ESPN as well as numerous other publications.