Bears looking to extend DT Okoye


Bears looking to extend DT Okoye

The Bears have explored a multi-year contract extension for defensive tackle Amobi Okoye, something the former No. 10-overall pick of the Houston Texans would like very much to see come to pass.

I would love to come back as a Bear, love to, Okoye told We have talked so well see where it goes. But I would love to be here.

Coming strictly off the bench this season, Okoye has posted 4 sacks, second-highest total for his career after the 5.5 he had as a rookie in 2007 and tied for ninth in the NFL among defensive tackles.

We are very pleased with Amobi, very pleased, coach Lovie Smith said.

Okoye, who signed a one-year contract on July 30, the same day he was released by the Texans, has been used almost exclusively in a rotation with Henry Melton as the under-tackle. The mission statement is explicit: generate inside pass rush in a lynchpin position of the SmithRod Marinelli scheme.

With Meltons 7 sacks, the Bears have their biggest sack total by two defensive tackles during the Smith era. The previous full-season high had been 9 by Tommie Harris (8) and Darwin Walker (1) in 2007.

Rookie Stephen Paeas 3 give the Bears 14 combined from the defensive tackle position.

Okoye also has been credited with 24 quarterback-pressures, behind only Julius Peppers (49), Israel Idonije (33) and Melton (31), all starters.

Hes a young player whos just been getting better and better, taking coaching, Marinelli said. I like what hes going.

Ideal fit

Okoye was in a 4-3 defense with the Texans but it was different from the 4-3 the Bears play. Okoye, at 290 pounds, is the prototypical under-tackle for the Bears scheme, which is exactly what he played as an All-American at Louisville.

It fits me like a glove, Okoye said. And havent even all the way played to the scheme. Ive been in a different scheme for four years, and Ive been able to catch up in this system, but I know that with time, itll only be better.

Mitch Trubisky jersey sales trending in right direction

Mitch Trubisky jersey sales trending in right direction

Positive press about the Chicago Bears' offseason is having a strong impact on the jersey sales for the team's highest-profile player, Mitch Trubisky.

According to Dick's Sporting Goods, Trubisky's No. 10 is the fifth-most popular jersey among offensive players over the last 30 days. He's No. 6 among all players, regardless of position.

The Bears' offseason has been full of superlatives since their aggressive approach to free agency. The signings of Allen Robinson, Trey Burton and Taylor Gabriel put the spotlight on Trubisky and the potentially surging passing game. The second-round selection of Anthony Miller and word of Kevin White's offseason emergence has turned positive momentum into higher-than-anticipated expectations for Trubisky this season.

For Chicago to have any chance at meeting those expectations, Trubisky, who's entering his first full season as a starter with a new head coach and offensive system, has to thrive. Fans must be confident that he will, considering the investment they're making in his jersey.

Trubisky ended his rookie season with four wins in 12 starts, throwing for 2,193 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. He completed 59.4 percent of his passes. He should have a much more productive season in 2018 with his new arsenal of skill players and an innovative coaching staff, led by coach Matt Nagy and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich.

These four Bears will be featured on 'Meet the Rookies' series

These four Bears will be featured on 'Meet the Rookies' series

The Chicago Bears will kick off the fourth season of "Meet the Rookies" on June 25, a series that profiles four of the team's 2018 draft picks for a behind-the-scenes look at their journey to the NFL.

The four-episode series will air on at 7:00 p.m from June 25 - 28 and will feature one rookie per night. 

Monday's episode will cover the Bears' first-round pick, Roquan Smith. Selected with the eighth-overall pick, Smith is expected to become an instant-impact player on defense. He's expected to make an impact off the field, too, as a high-character leader. Smith's linebacker-mate Joel Iyiegbuniwe is the focus of Tuesday's episode, with Anthony Miller (Wednesday) and James Daniels (Thursday) rounding out Season 4.

For a deeper dive into what's in store in "Meet the Rookies," check out this description.