An already strong Chicago Bears defense appears to be getting stronger by the day. On Sunday night, the Bears reportedly came to terms with outside linebacker and former No. 6 overall selection, Barkevious Mingo.
As you can see from the tweet from The Athletic’s Kevin Fishbain, scheme fit, familiarity with the coaching staff, and durability were among Mingo’s most attractive qualities to the Bears.
Barkevious Mingo’s Contract Terms
As Fishbain tweeted, Mingo’s deal is for one year. His salary will be $1.187 million, per Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. This is yet another low-cost, short-term deal for the Bears.
Barkevious Mingo’s Age and Experience
Mingo will turn 30 during the 2020 season, and he’s headed into his eighth season in the NFL after a standout collegiate career with LSU. The Bears will be his sixth NFL stop.
After spending the first three years of his career with the Cleveland Browns, the team that drafted him originally, Mingo has helped the New England Patriots win a Super Bowl at the end of the 2016 season, played with the Indianapolis Colts, Seattle Seahawks, and he spent the 2019 campaign with the Houston Texans.
Barkevious Mingo’s Career Stats, Strengths, and Weaknesses
Coming out of college, there was a belief Mingo could turn into an effective pass rusher. That trait has never developed in the NFL. As a rookie, he tallied five sacks and 12 quarterback hits, but he hasn’t had more than two sacks in a season since.
For his career, he has appeared in 110 games and started 38 of them. He has 10 sacks, 220 tackles, five forced fumbles, and an interception. He still plays with good speed and pursuit, but Bears fans shouldn’t expect him to make a huge splash as a pass rusher. He’s best against the run.
Where Barkevious Mingo Fits With the Bears
The Bears have already signed Robert Quinn to play on the opposite side of Khalil Mack. With Eddie Goldman, Akiem Hicks, Mack, Bilal Nichols, and Quinn, the Bears are in a position to be as strong as any team in the NFL upfront. When you include returning inside linebackers, Danny Trevathan and Roquan Smith, the front seven can be scary if it remains healthy.
Mingo is essentially set to play a reserve role spelling Quinn or Mack, and perhaps being on the field if the Bears play some 4-3. Mingo and the recently re-signed Isaiah Erving might be considered huge pickups once the season is underway, especially if there are injuries.
If all goes as planned, Mingo will be able to bring in energy as he gives the Bears’ top pass rushers a breather. If he can provide excellent run support and deliver the occasional sack or pressure on the quarterback when he plays in a passing situation, that will be the icing on what Chicago hopes will be a Super Bowl celebration cake.