Defensive tackle Akiem Hicks, who appeared in 14 games for the Patriots last season before becoming an unrestricted free agent, signed a two-year contract on Sunday night with Chicago, the Bears announced.
Hicks was acquired by the Patriots on Oct. 1 in a trade with the Saints. He didn’t start any games for the Patriots, but was part of the defensive line rotation and finished the regular season with 22 tackles and three sacks, two of which came in a win at Houston. Hicks also had a sack and recovered a fumble the following week against the Titans.
The Patriots may have their sights set on another defensive lineman. According to ESPN, Chris Long will visit with the team and participate in a workout Monday. Long has spent his entire eight-year career with the Rams, who made him the No. 2 overall pick of the 2008 NFL Draft, and has 54½ sacks. He had just three last season, and was released by the Rams on Feb. 16.