Report: The Bears have signed Khalil Mack’s former teammate as a potential replacement.
According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the Chicago Bears are set to sign a veteran pass rusher.
The Bears have signed former Seattle Seahawks first-round pick Bruce Irvin, which could spell trouble for Khalil Mack’s return.
Irvin, 34, tore his ACL in Week 2 of last season and hasn’t played since.
During his 13 games with the Carolina Panthers in 2019, he set career highs in sacks (8.5) and quarterback hits (16).
Mack, who hasn’t played since October 24, was not placed on injured reserve, and Bears coach Matt Nagy said a few weeks ago that he hoped the extra rest would help.
Chicago is also coming off a bye week, which the team hoped would help with the All-Pro LB’s recovery.
On November 6, Nagy said, “I think the bye will come at a good time for us to see where he’s at and just talk through it and get more opinions as to medically where we’re at with our trainers and doctors.”
“And, in general, have a plan in case anything goes wrong.”
Irvin appears to be part of the plan.
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Background and Statistics on Bruce Irvin
Irvin was drafted in the first round (15th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Seahawks, and he spent his first four years with the team, winning Super Bowl XLVIII with them.
During that time, he appeared in 58 games for the Seahawks, starting 37 of them.
He had 133 total tackles (25 for loss), three interceptions, 22.0 sacks, four forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries in his career.
In 2016, Irvin signed a four-year, (dollar)37 million contract with the Las Vegas Raiders, which included (dollar)19 million in guaranteed money.
In 2018, Mack was traded to Chicago, and he was released after eight games.
Irvin finished the season with the Atlanta Falcons before making a comeback with the Carolina Panthers in 2019.
When Irvin tore his ACL last year, he had just begun his second stint with the Seahawks and had 36 total tackles (eight for loss), a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, 8.5 sacks, and 16 quarterback hits.
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