Danny Trevathan

Danny Trevathan inducted into University of Kentucky Hall of Fame

Danny Trevathan inducted into University of Kentucky Hall of Fame

Danny Trevathan was inducted into the University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame on Thursday. Trevathan played all four years for the Wildcats, including two incredible seasons his junior and senior years.

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Trevathan was a two-time All-American linebacker and First Team All-SEC, as well.

Across his junior and senior years, Trevathan recorded an incredible 287 tackles to go with six sacks, four picks, nine forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He led the SEC in tackles in both 2010 and 2011.

In the NFL, Trevathan has played for the Broncos and Bears, continuing long traditions of excellent linebacker play with each team.

He joins Randall Cobb, George Blanda and “Bear” Bryant as some of the football players in the university’s Hall of Fame.

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Nick Kwiatkoski dubbed one of NFL's most underrated free-agent signings

Nick Kwiatkoski dubbed one of NFL's most underrated free-agent signings

The Las Vegas Raiders signed former Bears linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski to three-year, $21 million deal with $13.5 million guaranteed early in the 2020 NFL free agency period in a move that was generally described as a quality signing for a defense desperate for an upgrade on its second level.

Kwiatkoski, 26, made it to the open market because general manager Ryan Pace chose instead to sign Danny Trevathan to a new multi-year deal. Trevathan's contract is nearly identical to what Kwiatkoski received from the Raiders: three years, $21.5 million, $13.62 million in guarantees.

But it's the Raiders' decision to sign the now ex-Bear that's been dubbed one of this year's most underrated offseason moves.

"Kwiatkoski was mostly a rotational player in Chicago, seeing starting action only in the event of an injury," ESPN's Anthony Treash wrote. "Yet outside of his rookie year, he has looked like a starting-caliber off-the-ball linebacker in the NFL when given the opportunity to be on the field. Since 2017, Kwiatkoski has produced a PFF grade that ranks him among the 15 best off-the-ball linebackers. He is one of six who has produced a 70-plus grade as a run defender, as a pass-rusher and in coverage over that span. He has generated the ninth-most WAR per snap over that stretch, too."

The Bears couldn't afford to bring back both free-agent linebackers and with Roquan Smith filling the roster's role of the ascending young talent at the position, Pace opted to go with the established and predictable play from Trevathan rather than take a chance on Kwiatkosksi, who has yet to prove he can sustain a high level of play over 16 games as a starter.

We'll soon find out if Pace made the right call. Even if Kwiatkoski goes on to have a great career in Las Vegas, the decision to bring Trevathan back is a logical one. The bigger, and more pressing concern, is whether Smith will meet the lofty expectations that came along with him being the eighth overall pick in 2018. He had a rocky 2019 season, but when he's right, he's one of the most exciting inside linebackers in the league.

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Bears’ free agent linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis to sign with Washington

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Bears’ free agent linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis to sign with Washington

The Bears 2020 situation at linebacker is becoming clearer. With Ryan Pace signing Danny Trevathan to a three-year contract extension and Nick Kwiatkoski reportedly to sign with the Las Vegas Raiders (for a whopping estimated $21 million over three years, with $13.5 million guaranteed), the last free agent linebacker on the Bears roster still up in the air was Kevin Pierre-Louis. 

Not anymore. It was reported Pierre-Louis will sign with Washington. According to Ian Rapoport, it's a one-year deal that could be worth as much as $3.45 million.


Pierre-Louis was drafted in 2014 by the Seattle Seahawks and has played with the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs. He came to Chicago in 2019 from New York and had three starts and 37 combined tackles this season. 

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