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Bears All-Pro Makes Plea for Team to Bring Back Familiar Face

By Beth Mishler-Elmore

Updated Apr 24, 2022 at 9:08am

Eddie Jackson is urging the Chicago Bears to bring back a longtime fan favorite.

The All-Pro safety took to Twitter on April 22 to ask his current team to re-sign defensive lineman Akiem Hicks, who is still a free agent. The 32-year-old Hicks, who spent the previous six seasons in Chicago, has been a game-wrecker for the team, but he has had a difficult time staying healthy in recent seasons.

The new Bears regime, led by general manager Ryan Poles and head coach Matt Eberflus, hasn’t brought back many free agents associated with the previous staff, so Hicks’ return to the Windy City remains a question mark.

That isn’t deterring Jackson, who also tagged Hicks in his post. The veteran D-lineman later responded.

Staying Healthy Has Been Primary Issue for Hicks

Hicks had played at least 781 snaps in each of his first three seasons with the Bears before injuries kept him off the field for significant chunks of the 2019 and 2021 seasons.

When healthy, he’s still a disruptive force, even at his age.

In nine games and 303 snaps last season, he racked up 5.0 sacks, 15 total pressures, five quarterback hits and five hurries. He also earned a 71.9 pass rush grade from PFF.

Money could be a primary hurdle when considering bringing the veteran defender back. Spotrac has Hicks’ market value projected at $5.5 million a year, and with over $13 million currently available on their salary cap, it doesn’t look as though Chicago can — or will — pay him in that ballpark.

 

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I would love to see Akiem back in the fold for as long as he wants to play. Question is, can Akiem be persuaded to take  a team frinedly deal to make it happen. He is not a 17 game player anymore. But for 10-13 games a year he can still make an impact. Or a game plan where he has a snap count to limit his exposure to injury. Put him in rotation with a younger guy and let his tenacity rub off on the new guys. He could spread his brand of nasty down the line.

2022  Prepare for the Suck!

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I would love to see him back too. At this point I'd think he would be better off looking for a team with a shot. Get that ring. But if nothing pans out, he just might return. Chicago loves him. Dude is the definition of what it is to be a Chicago Bear.

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Akiem Hicks sparks rumors about his future in a now-deleted Instagram post

By Brendan Sugrue | May 18, 2022 6:35 pm CT

NFL free agency has dried up considerably over the last few weeks but many prominent players still remain on the market. One of those players is former Chicago Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks, who saw his contract expire following the 2021 season after spending six years in the navy and orange as one of the team’s leaders on defense.

But based on his recent social media activity, could the former Bear become a current Bear once again? Or possibly sign with their rivals up north?

Hicks posted a photo from the Bears’ 2021 home game against the Green Bay Packers of him sacking quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The post was quickly deleted, but was screenshotted by Daniel Greenberg. His latest post prior to this one on Instagram was back on Dec. 16.

The gregarious defensive standout was one of the key players for the Bears since he was signed as a free agent in 2016. He became a leader on defense and blossomed into a Pro Bowl player, earning those honors during the Bears 2018 season where he helped the team claim the NFC North title.

Injuries would limit his time on the field over the last few seasons, but when healthy, he was one of the better defensive linemen in the league. During his six seasons with the Bears, Hicks totaled 247 tackles, 31 sacks, and five forced fumbles.

While he expressed a desire to stay with the team late in the 2021 season, his contract wasn’t extended. Some of his teammates aren’t shy about expressing their desire to bring him back, however as safety Eddie Jackson pondered the question last month in a tweet.

With Hicks’ latest social media activity/inactivity, fans are coming up with their own theories as to what Hicks might do. Could he be coming back or is he hinting about signing with the Packers?

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I am not sure Hicks would sign with the Packers. But then again, if nobody else is knocking on the door. I hope to hell he does not, only because I personally want to either see him as a Bear, or get on a team to give him a ring. I couldn't root for him if he was a packer!

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More and more scuttlebutt that Hicks is coming home. His problem last season was with Pace and Nagy, not the Bears. His best landing spot, imo, is back in Chicago.

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The Shadow wrote:

More and more scuttlebutt that Hicks is coming home. His problem last season was with Pace and Nagy, not the Bears. His best landing spot, imo, is back in Chicago.

About the only thing I take time to look for right now. I hope it happens.

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The Shadow wrote:

More and more scuttlebutt that Hicks is coming home. His problem last season was with Pace and Nagy, not the Bears. His best landing spot, imo, is back in Chicago.

About the only thing I take time to look for right now. I hope it happens.

Train like you are 2nd, but play like you are 1st.

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Buccaneers add Akiem Hicks, which likely closes the door on Ndamukong Smh

Posted by Mike Florio on May 31, 2022, 1:54 PM EDT

For the Bucs, “Hello, Hicks” likely means, “See ya, Suh.”

The Buccaneers have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with veteran defensive tackle Akiem Hicks, according to his agent, Drew Rosenhaus. The contract is worth “up to” $10 million.

The development likely means that Ndamukong Suh won’t be back for a fourth season with the Bucs. The second overall pick in the 2010 draft, Suh has played for the Lions, Dolphins, Rams, and Bucs.

He appeared in Super Bowl LIII with the Rams, and he won Super Bowl LV with the Bucs.

Hicks joined the Bears in 2016. He was a third-round pick of the Saints in 2012. He spent part of the 2015 season with the Patriots, following a trade from New Orleans.

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Sad day for Bears fans.

I hope he can win a ring with Brady, the guy deserves it. Unless of course the Bears have a miraculous season and are facing him and Brady in the playoffs, then I will mock him for jumping ship. 

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Akiem Hicks Drops Some Truth Bombs About the Chicago Bears Quarterbacks He Played With

June 7, 2022, by Luis Medina Chicago Bears

Sure, it stings to see Akiem Hicks leave the Bears. He was good, productive, and popular. Hicks was a forward facing member of a team on and off the field, as well as a respected leader. But all good things must come to an end, so I tip my cap and find myself thankful for Hicks’ efforts in Chixago.

However, this BURNS:

Daaaaaaaaaamn.

I mean, it’s true. But daaaaaaaamn.

For those who can’t pull the audio, here’s what Hicks had to say regarding why he chose to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency:

Something I’ve thought of often is, when I came into the league I had Drew Brees and Tom Brady as my first two quarterbacks. And then I went to Chicago … it wasn’t Drew Brees and Tom Brady. So I feel spoiled to have somebody on the other side of the ball who can deliver all the time. … It was definitely a draw. It benefits a defense to have a quarterback that can control the clock, the ball, and field position. And that’s what we have here.

Damn, dude. That stings. It’s not that he’s wrong or anything. Hicks came to Chicago in 2016. That season, his quarterbacks were Jay Cutler, Brian Hoyer, and Matt Barkley. In the years that followed, Mike Glennon, Mitchell Trubisky, Chase Daniel, Nick Foles, Andy Dalton, and Justin Fields made starts at quarterback during Hicks’ tenure with the Bears. As you can tell by that collection of misfits, there isn’t a Brady or Brees in the bunch. Hence, Hicks’ departure and eventual joining forces with Brady in Tampa Bay. It makes sense that a veteran who played with those quarterbacks jumped at an opportunity to jump in quarterback class when given an opportunity to take that leap.

Some will see this as a diss. But I won’t. Instead, this is merely Hicks stating facts. More than that, it is him serving up a reminder of how important it is to get it right at quarterback. And it provides us the opportunity to bang the drum for getting Justin Fields more help. As well as the chance to pound the table for this front office to continue building a well-rounded team. Because it’s not that Hicks left for Tampa solely for the QB upgrade. Instead, if you listen to Hicks closely, you’ll hear him underscore the importance of a team that is strong on both sides of the ball.

Obviously, the NFL is an offensively driven league with quarterbacks being the triggermen on the attack. But without a defense that holds up their end of the bargain, it can all be for naught. Just as it is the case that a stellar defense alone can’t make a strong team. And that’s a lesson Hicks knows all too well.

2022  Prepare for the Suck!

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