former Chicago Bears Defensive handling Achim Hicks They reached an agreement Tuesday on a one-year deal of up to $10 million with Tampa Bay Buccaneersa source told ESPN’s Adam Shifter.
The addition of Hicks will likely mean the end of the defensive intervention Ndamkong Suh Time in Tampa. SOH is also an unrestricted free agent. Hicks will now grant the veteran presence in their line of defense that Suh has provided in the past three seasons.
The 2021 season was a disappointment for Hicks, who has struggled with thigh and ankle injuries throughout the year. In nine games last season, the Hicks totaled 3.5 sacks, five tackles to lose and nine quarterback hits. Over the past three seasons, injuries have forced Hicks to miss 20 games.
Hicks, 32, was a temporary signing of the free agent by former Bears general manager Ryan Pace and signed a two-year contract with Chicago in 2016. After collecting seven sacks and 54 tackles in his first season with the Bears, the team gave Hicks an extension The four-year contract worth $48 million in 2017 kept him with the franchise through the 2021 season.
He was a productive defender in Chicago over the course of six seasons and was among the best running stoppers in the NFL. Hicks made a Pro Bowl title in 2018 and was a key member of the Bears defense that led Chicago to the playoffs. In 16 games that season, Hicks totaled 7.5 sacks, 12 losing tackles and 16 quarterback hits.
He has 40.5 sacks, 387 tackles, and 6 fumbles in 10 NFL seasons.
ESPN’s Gina Lynn and Courtney Cronin contributed to this report.