After signing five players on Tuesday, it was hard to get excited about a late night rumor that emerged on Twitter. Sam Acho‘s brother, Emmanuel reported that his brother would be returning to Chicago on a two-year deal.
Sam Acho is expected to sign a 2 year deal with the Chicago Bears, per sources…. ima Tell y’all the details tmrow though.
— Emmanuel Acho (@thEMANacho) March 14, 2018
This was an interesting move by the Acho family, to say the least. Still, it was good news to hear, considering general manager Ryan Pace has some serious work to do improve Chicago’s pass rush.
Acho was a durable player for the Bears in 2017. He played on 61% of the team’s defensive snaps last season. In three years with the Bears, Acho has recorded 111 tackles, fours sacks, and three forced fumbles. Three of those sacks occurred last season.
As an edge rusher, Acho can be more than a serviceable player for the Bears. He is durable and also a positive presence in the locker room. It was a no-brainer to bring him back for those two reasons alone. After seeing Christian Jones and Jerrell Freeman leave the team, Acho could also see more time at OLB as well.
Out of 109 qualifying players, Pro Football Focus graded Acho as the 79th overall edge defender in the NFL.
As far as depth goes, Pace seems to giving the Bears just that. All good NFL teams have it. Look at the Eagles, who just won a Super Bowl with multiple injured players, including their starting quarterback. Depth is necessary for the sport like football where injuries are the norm. The opposite is true for a sport like basketball where tight rotations of six to seven players ultimately win titles.
If injuries do it the Bears in 2018, the Acho signing could become one of the best and most underrated moves for the Bears front office this offseason.