The dream of the Chicago Bears bringing back Akiem Hicks is now gone. According to NFL Insider, Adam Schefter, Akiem Hicks reached an agreement to sign a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The contract is reportedly worth $10 million.
The 32-year-old Hicks spent the last six seasons with the Chicago Bears and was a massive fan favorite. In 77 games with the Bears, Hicks recorded 31 sacks and 175 solo tackles. He recovered five fumbles and was a crucial part of the Bears’ defensive line.
The last few years have been tumultuous for the stud defensive lineman. Hicks hasn’t played a full NFL season since his Pro Bowl year in 2018. Health has been a constant nag on Akiem Hicks’ performance and availability.
Many Chicago Bears fans wanted Hicks to remain with the team. With a regime change, and a new defensive scheme, the likelihood of the Bears retaining Hicks grew slimmer by the day.
Matt Eberflus and Ryan Poles are building the Bears’ defense the way they envision it and Akiem Hicks never appeared to fit the mold perfectly.
Hicks joins a great Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defense alongside Vita Vea and their second-round pick, Logan Hall. But with the signing of Akiem Hicks, Ndamukong Suh is likely done with his time in Tampa Bay.
The Big Man in the middle will provide a terrifying boost to an already solid Buccaneers defense and it’s safe to say, Tampa Bay is happy with this signing.
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