The Chicago Bears announced Sunday night that they’ve reached an agreement with DT Akiem Hicks on a two-year deal.
- Brad Biggs reports that the Bears signed Hicks to a two-year, $10 million contract with $5.5 million guaranteed.
- Hicks can earn an additional $1.9 million with an escalator for sacks and Pro Bowl appearances, according to Biggs.
DT Akiem Hicks has agreed to a 2-year deal with the #Bears.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) March 14, 2016
Hicks has been in the Chicago meeting with the Bears for the past few days, so it was clear that Chicago remained the favorites to sign him to a contract.
The Lions and Patriots were reportedly interested in Hicks as well, but it looks like the Bears managed to get this deal done and prevent him from taking more visits.
Bears GM Ryan Pace was with the Saints when they drafted Hicks a few years ago.
Hicks, 26, was traded to the Patriots in return for TE Michael Hoomanawanui back in September of last year. He played out his contract and was among the best available free agents.
In 2015, Hicks appeared in all 16 games for the Saints and Patriots and recorded 23 tackles, three sacks, and a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 42 interior defensive lineman out of 123 qualifying players.
We had him featured in our Top 2016 Free Agents list.