The Bears have added a piece to their defensive line, agreeing to contract terms with defensive lineman Angelo Blackson on a two-year deal, according to Ian Rapaport. The salary cap figures of the deal have not yet been disclosed.
Blackson, primarily a defensive end, was a day-3 pick by the Tennessee Titans in 2015, with the first pick in the fourth round. He started just 1 game for Tennessee in the 2 seasons he suited up, recording 2.5 sacks in his rookie year before a clear dropoff in playing time and statistics in his sophomore campaign. The Titans released him after the 2016-17 season, and he found a new home with the Houston Texans.
With 20 total starts across 3 seasons for the Texans, Blackmon logged 53 total tackles. After the 2019-20 season, he signed a 1-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals worth $910,000.
For the Cards, he matched his career highs in sacks (2.5) and total tackles (24), starting 9 games in total in 2020.
With Roy Robertson-Harris signing elsewhere and the Bears retaining Akiem Hicks *at the moment*, look for Blackson to be a rotational piece off the bench.
Angelo Blackson (Bears) two years, $5.5M, $3M gtd, salaries $1.5M (gtd), $2.25M, $250K 5th day 2022 lg yr roster bonus, annual $00K playtime, sacks incentive— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 18, 2021