The Chicago Bears have been busy adding players on one-year contracts in recent weeks, and they picked off another free agent on Wednesday as they agreed to terms on a pact with linebacker Sam Acho.
Acho, who was drafted in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of the University of Texas, played for the past four seasons for the Arizona Cardinals, spending his first two seasons as a full-time starter before an injury ended his 2013 season prematurely. He played as a reserve for the most part in the 2014 campaign, registering 21 tackles and a sack for the Cardinals as they made the postseason.
It’s not clear at this point if Acho will threaten for much playing time with the Bears, but with a large group of unproven commodities at the outside linebacker position, he could make an impact right away. Jared Allen and Lamarr Houston will both be slotted there in 3-4 packages, and when he returns from his Achilles injury, Willie Young may get a look there as well.
Acho has more polish than any of those guys, and he could earn himself a serious look if he can have a good training camp and preseason.