Chicago Bears: How an Akiem Hicks extension can help the offensive line

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Akiem Hicks wants to finish his career with the Chicago Bears

Well, reports came out yesterday that Akiem Hicks wants to remain with the Chicago Bears for the rest of his career. That is great to hear, but is it feasible? Ryan Pace brought Akiem Hicks into Chicago back in 2016. He was signed to a two-year, $10 million dollar deal. However, after playing like an All-Pro that season, Pace and the Bears rewarded him with a four-year, $48 million dollar extension through to 2021.

In 2016, Hicks finished the year with seven sacks — the most in his career up to that point. He also had a career year in solo tackles (36) and tackles-for-loss (11). Hicks was easily the best free agent signing that Ryan Pace made up to that point as general manager and maybe even throughout his entire time here in Chicago.

Akiem Hicks’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus is now using the media to try and negotiate a deal.

Yes, that is what is going on here because if the Bears do not sign him to an extension, Rosenhouse understands that many fans will side with his client and blame the team. This could also help Hicks land with another team, showing how he is being a “team player”. Well, let’s face it. It all comes down to money and production.