LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - The Chicago Bears boosted their defense, agreeing to a four-year contract with Super Bowl champion linebacker Danny Trevathan.
The Bears announced the move Wednesday, shortly after the opening of free agency.
The 25-year-old Trevathan was the leading tackler on the league's No. 1 defense and helped Denver win the championship last season. He is leaving the Broncos for a team that won just six games but showed improvement in its first year under coach John Fox and general manager Ryan Pace.
Trevathan also knows Fox well, having played for him in Denver. And the Bears will be counting on his familiarity, not to mention his ability, to help them become a contender after missing the playoffs for the eighth time in nine years.
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