The National Football League kicked off the preseason on Thursday night as the New York Jets took on the Cleveland Browns in the Hall of Fame game.
Chicago Bears fans got to see Aaron Rodgers wearing another team’s jersey for the first time which is obviously awesome.
However, they made a headline of their own as they made a good night time signing. Way later in the night than anyone would have expected, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the big news.
Rapoport announced something that has been speculated for a few weeks now. Yannick Ngakoue has signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears.
Yannick Ngakoue is coming to play for the Chicago Bears in 2023.
That is amazing news for their defense as they have now added a star pass rusher. He is coming in on a one-year 10.5 million dollar deal. That is awesome for a very good player trying to find a home this late in the off-season. The Bears will enjoy it as well.
Yannick Ngakoue started his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars where he played four seasons. He then had a cup of coffee with the Minnesota Vikings, Baltimore Ravens, and Las Vegas Raiders before finding his way to the Indianapolis Colts in 2022.
Ngakoue never played under Bears head coach Matt Eberflus in Indianapolis but he did play in his defensive system that he left behind. He should fit right in with this current Chicago Bears team as they are running it the same way on that side of the ball.
With the offense looking to take big steps, they need the defense to be significantly better than they were a year ago when they were one of the worst in the league.
The Bears made some significant additions to this defensive unit all summer long. They didn’t add a game-changing pass rusher though until now. Getting Ngakoue means they got someone that can go out there and make the quarterback uncomfortable on every play.
Without a player like that, it is very hard to win in this league. After weeks of hearing about how there was significant mutual interest, a deal finally got done.
It is just a one-year deal so both sides can see how it goes. Hopefully, he helps improve this defense with his skills because they need it.