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Bears: Bringing Back Sam Acho was an Underrated Move

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.

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.


Nick is a recent graduate of Northern Illinois University and passionate about everything Chicago sports (except the Cubs). He has run his own website, been featured on Bleacher Report, and tried to sell his soul on eBay (which he hasn’t gotten back). He hopes to one day see his beloved Bears win the Super Bowl and is still trying to figure out why Jay Cutler gets so much hate.

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