The Bears and defensive end Akiem Hicks are engaged in discussions about a possible extension on the eve of training camp, sources told Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Hicks, entering the last season of a two-year contract, is coming off the best season of his career.
Earlier in the day, Hicks said he wanted to get a new contract and retire as a Bear.
“I love the city, man,” he said. “I feel like it’s funny because I was coming to Chicago long before I played for the Bears.
‘‘My mother’s from here. I know when I was a free agent and my mom found out that — I’m a momma’s boy, obviously — Chicago was a team that was interested in me, she was ecstatic. She was excited. She wanted me to be here. She wanted to be able to come here and see her son play in her home city. .?.?.
“I just enjoy my time here, and I’m completely open to ending my career here.”
“I really can’t speak too much about it, but I know this: I know that I’m interested in playing here for a long time,” Hicks said.
Drew Rosenhaus, Hicks’ agent, was spotted on campus at Olivet Nazarene University late Wednesday.
Asked about an extension for Hicks, general manager Ryan Pace said earlier Wednesday that the Bears “keep those things internal.”
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