Bears, Akiem Hicks agree to 2-year deal

The remodeling of the Bears defense continues as the team has announced the signing of defensive tackle Akiem Hicks to a 2-year deal.

Hicks, 6-foot-5 and 324 pounds, is a massive force on the defensive line and gives the Bears much needed help up front. Despite his size, he shows good pursuit in chasing down plays.

Hicks has played at both end and tackle, so it’ll be interesting to see where he lines up. He played more end with the New Orleans Saints, with whom he spent the first four seasons of his career, and where Bears general manager Ryan Pace got to know him. He played tackle with the New England Patriots this past season as a rotational player. Hicks has recorded 9.5 sacks in his career but serves more as a space eater to help the second level of the defense clean up plays.

Rookie Eddie Goldman made some nice strides at the tackle position in his first year and the Bears could use more help at the end position, so Hicks figures to fit there better.

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