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Saturday, March 12, 2016


LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - The Chicago Bears have added another inside linebacker to their defence, agreeing to a three-year contract with Jerrell Freeman.

The deal with the former Indianapolis Colts and Saskatchewan Roughriders (2009-2011) player Saturday comes three days after the signing of Danny Trevathan. The moves address one of the Bears' biggest needs and gives them two new starters.

The 29-year-old Freeman started all 57 games he played in the past four seasons with Indianapolis after spending three years with the CFL's Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Since entering the NFL in 2012 he is tied for sixth in tackles. He led the Colts in defensive tackles in 2012 and 2013 and ranked second in 2014 and 2015.

Freeman is known for his athleticism and the Bears will be counting on that as they try to become a contender after finishing last in the NFC North at 6-10. They showed some progress in their first season under coach John Fox and general manager Ryan Pace but missed the playoffs for the eighth time in nine years.

One of the biggest areas of concern this off-season was at inside linebacker after former first-round pick Shea McClellin and Christian Jones struggled. Jonathan Anderson and John Timu got more playing time as the season wore on, but they made no impact.