Howard recently visited with the Bears and received an offer from the team, but reports said he planned to make more visits.
It looks like the Bears may have stepped up and got the deal done to prevent him from meeting with the other interested teams.
Howard, 28, is a former fourth-round pick of the Seahawks back in 2012. He lasted just over a year in Seattle before he was waived and later claimed off of waivers by the Chiefs.
Howard re-signed with Kansas City last year and was in the final year of his two-year, $10 million contract and set to make a base salary of $3.7 million for the 2017 season when the Chiefs cut him loose.
In 2016, Howard appeared in eight games for the Chiefs and recorded 24 tackles, one sack and a forced fumble. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 55 interior defensive lineman out of 127 qualifying players.
We had him featured in our Top 50 Available Free Agents list.