The Chicago Bears have taken a significant step in improving their pass rush for the upcoming 2023 NFL season with the addition of defensive end Yannick Ngakoue. Ngakoue has agreed to a one-year contract worth $10.5 million, with $10 million of that guaranteed.
The Bears had a clear objective in mind to enhance their defensive line presence after finishing last in the league in both sacks and quarterback pressures in the previous season. In today’s pass-heavy league, a strong pass rush is crucial for success, and the Bears’ struggles in this area last season contributed to their disappointing 3-14 record.
Ngakoue is widely recognized for his elite pass rush skills, which were evident during his time with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who drafted him in 2016. Since then, he has played for multiple teams, including the Minnesota Vikings, Baltimore Ravens, and Las Vegas Raiders. In his most recent season with the Raiders, Ngakoue proved his worth by recording 12 sacks and 28 tackles in 17 games. He continued to impress with the Indianapolis Colts last season, accumulating 9.5 sacks and 29 tackles in 15 games.
With Ngakoue joining the Bears’ defensive edge, he will team up with players like DeMarcus Walker and Trevis Gipson to bolster their pass rush capabilities. This acquisition is a vital move for the Chicago Bears as they look to elevate their performance in the 2023 NFL season.