/Bears add linebacker depth by signing veteran Kevin Pierre-Louis

Bears add linebacker depth by signing veteran Kevin Pierre-Louis

The Bears signed free-agent linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis to a one-year contract Wednesday.

Pierre-Louis, 27, enters his sixth NFL season with 74 career tackles in 57 games, including one start. The Seahawks drafted him in the fourth round in 2014, and he played with them for three seasons before they traded him to the Chiefs in 2017.

He had his best season in Kansas City while Bears coach Matt Nagy was there, recording 35 tackles, including one for a loss. He then went to the Jets in 2018, recording seven tackles, his only career sack and a forced fumble in nine games. He finished the season on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.

The Jets declined their option on Pierre-Louis in February, making him a free agent. He served a one-game suspension last season for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy after he was charged with marijuana possession in January 2018.

The move gives the Bears inside linebacker and special teams depth behind starters Danny Trevathan and Roquan Smith and backup Nick Kwiatkoski.

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