Well, At Least It Looks Like Akiem Hicks Will Be Back For 2021

Akiem Hicks’ time on the trade block appears to be short-lived.

A core member seems likely to be back in blue and orange for this year:

Ah, finally. Some good news to share from this goshforsaken week.

Brad Biggs of the Tribune tweets that sources who indicated Hicks was available to seek a trade elsewhere is now saying the defensive lineman is “likely back” for another season. Hicks was reportedly given permission to seek a trade earlier in the week. Whether there wasn’t much interest on the block or he wasn’t intrigued by what he was hearing isn’t clear. But in any case, things are lining up for Hicks to be back in 2021.

With Kyle Fuller out the door, I don’t think Bears fans could’ve taken watching another popular and talented member of the defense leave. And that’s saying nothing of a defense that leans on him in the trenches or a locker room that views him as a leader. Yes, I realize Hicks wasn’t at his best in 2020. And I understand he is on the “wrong” side of 30. Oh .. and don’t think I don’t know that Hicks has just one year left on his contract. But dang … I felt a real sense of relief seeing Biggs’ tweet suggesting Hicks would be back for 2021.

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Luis C. Medina, who you can find on Twitter at lcm1986, has been covering the Chicago Bears at Bleacher Nation since 2017. Since then, he has written about 3 head coaches, 5 play-callers, and 11 starting quarterbacks. Previously, Luis wrote about the Cubs and MLB at BN (2015-16) and worked in the Chicago Tribune sports department (2011-16). He also co-hosted a Cubs postgame show, Outside the Ivy, in 2019.

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