The Chicago Bears have signed former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis to a one-year contract on Wednesday.
Now that the lid has lifted on the compensatory pick deadline for free agency, NFL teams are starting to sign a new wave of players on the open market. On Wednesday, the Chicago Bears joined the fray with the signing of former linebacker and special teams ace Kevin Pierre-Louis to the roster on a one-year deal.
The Bears really didn’t address the linebacker position at all in the 2019 NFL Draft or even with rookie free agents signed thereafter. Pierre-Louis, then, can step in as a newcomer and provide some nice competition for the backup spots behind Roquan Smith and Danny Trevathan as well as special teams units.
Pierre-Louis entered the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks as their fourth round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Since then, he was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs before the 2017 season began and made the active roster as a backup inside linebacker for the team’s 3-4 defense. He was also a strong coverage player on special teams. He spent the 2018 season with the New York Jets, but hit free agency this year after the Jets declined his option.
His season in Kansas City was his most productive to date with 35 total tackles and 2 passes defended in 14 total games. Pierre-Louis has only made a single start in his career, but he brings 57 games worth of experience to the Bears roster.
Matt Nagy, the team’s coach, should be quite familiar with him after spending a year together in K.C., when Nagy was the team’s offensive coordinator. Even more important is that Mark DeLeone is the Bears new inside linebackers coach, having come over from the Chiefs, and he will be quite familiar with KPL.