After flying in to meet with the team late Friday night, former Patriots defensive lineman Akiem Hicks has agreed to a two- deal with the Chicago Bears. The team's official Twitter account confirmed it not too long ago:
Akiem Hicks re-unites with Ryan Pace, who was the director of player personnel for the New Orleans Saints when Hicks was originally drafted by the team four seasons ago. Pace is going into his second season as the Bears' general manager. The terms of the deal, according to Ian Rapoport, is in the neighborhood of $10 million.
Hicks was acquired by the Patriots during the 2015 season from the Saints in exchange for tight end Michael Hoomanawanui. As it stands right now, the Patriots have seven defensive tackles on roster (Alan Branch, Dominique Easley, Malcolm Brown, Chris Jones, Ishmaa'ily Kitchen and Joe Vellano). Branch & Brown will be the primary starters most likely with Easley being the #3 man in the rotation. Depending on Easley's health (ended his 2015 season on the injured reserve with a thigh injury), the Patriots could have limited depth at the position right now.
Expect the Patriots to look to add some veterans to the interior defensive line mix along with some draft picks potentially.