The flurry of March’s free agency is long gone but the Bears’ business with fringe roster players isn’t nearly over. On Wednesday, they signed depth linebacker and special teamer Kevin Pierre-Louis to a one-year deal. While there may have been someone somewhere holding out hope they would sign an Ndamukong Suh, the Bears instead went for a cheaper (and realistic) option to add to the bottom of their roster.
Pierre-Louis, 27, spent the first five years of his career in Seattle, Kansas City, and eventually New York
New Jersey. Originally a 2014 fourth-round pick by the Seahawks, Pierre-Louis has found a steady niche contributing as a depth player both on defense and special teams. Over the course of 57 career appearances, he has 74 tackles, five quarterback hits, and three tackles-for-loss.
In Chicago, the Bears already have quite the loaded inside linebacking corps with Roquan Smith, Danny Trevathan, Joel Iyiegbuniwe, and Nick Kwiatkoski. That doesn’t rule out Pierre-Louis finding a role if he can make enough of an impression, or if an unfortunate injury should occur between now and early September. If there’s no place for him on defense, there are surely any number of spots available on one of the NFL’s worst special teams units last season. The Bears have made it a mission to revamp their special teams play so all bets are off for most players who mainly feature there.
Chicago officially begins “voluntary” minicamp on May 21. It’s there where Pierre-Louis can start to make his mark.