Bears sign DE Akiem Hicks to huge extension

Bears sign DE Akiem Hicks to huge extension”

Defensive end Akiem Hicks agreed to a four-year contract extension Saturday, one that will pay him $30 million in guarantees. The move that isn't surprising since the player switched to agent Drew Rosenhaus this summer and negotiations kicked off at the start of training camp. ESPN first reported the details of Hicks' new deal. He started all 16 games last season and quickly ascended to one of the team's best all-around players on defense. The sack number represents a career-high for Hicks, and the 54 tackles were two fewer than the 56 Hicks tallied as a member of the New Orleans Saints in 2013.

Bears defensive end Akiem Hicks (96, being held by Packers center Corey Linsley last season) is on the final year of his contract, but said he "would love to be a Bear for a long time". Hicks was due to earn a base salary of $4 million this season and already received a $1 million roster bonus.

Hicks was entering the second year of a two-year, $10 million contract that he signed with the Bears before last season. The Bears had more than $12 million in salary cap room remaining for this season after signing left tackle Charles Leno to a $38 million, four-year extension on August 23. He had hoped for a long-term deal, speaking of it back in July.

Hicks always was interested in staying with the Bears long term.

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