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.