The Chicago Bears are making a push for the top inside linebacker on the free-agent market: Danny Trevathan.
The Bears are currently the front runner to sign Trevathan, a 26-year-old who would fill Chicago's biggest position of need. Trevathan is a very good all-around linebacker who had a big bounce-back year in Denver in 2015 following a knee injury that limited him to just three games in 2014.
In 2013, he tallied 129 tackles, 10 pass breakups and 3 interceptions. In 2015, he had 109 tackles, 6 pass breakups and 2 interceptions.
The 6-1, 240-pound thumper has experience in the Broncos' 3-4 system, which is similar to Vic Fangio's defense in Chicago. Trevathan was also drafted by John Fox and played under him his first three years in the NFL.
This potential signing is a no-brainer. Trevathan is a perfect fit for the Bears and can be one of the main building blocks of the defense going forward.
The Bears have also expressed interest in former Patriots defensive end Akiem Hicks.
Hicks is a former third-round pick of the Saints who was traded from New Orleans to New England last season. He excelled with the Patriots, producing at a level that matched his potential.
At 6-5, 325, Hicks is a space eater who can provide occassional pressure on the quarterback. Like Trevathan, Hicks would be just 26 this season and could serve as a crucial piece to Chicago's front-seven puzzle.