The Chicago Bears have re-signed defensive lineman Akiem Hicks to a four-year contract extension through 2021.
Hicks is entering his second season with the Bears after starting all 16 games last season — the only Bears defensive player to start every game. The sixth-year pro set career highs in 2016 with 7.0 sacks and three pass breakups while also recording 5.0 tackles-for-loss.
In Week 13 against San Francisco, Hicks was named the NFC defensive player of the week after recording 10 tackles, 2.0 sacks and a forced fumble in the 26-6 win over the 49ers. He also recorded 2.0 sacks, two quarterback hurries and a pass breakup in the 20-10 Monday night win over Minnesota at Soldier Field.
Hicks has started 49-of-77 games over his career, recording 111 tackles, 16.5 sacks, 33.0 TFLs, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in five seasons with the Saints (2012-15), Patriots (2015) and Bears (2016).