Bears interested in free agent linebacker David Hawthorne

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Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com reports that the Bears are interested in free agent linebacker David Hawthorne.

A run-stuffing middle linebacker in Seattle, Hawthorne would likely play strong-side linebacker in Chicago’s defense. If signed to a long-term contract, Hawthorne could begin his Bears career outside and eventually replace Brian Urlacher, who turns 34 years old in May.

Hawthorne has been a dynamite run defender with the Seahawks. He’s averaged 113 tackles per season over the past three years. Hawthorne has also intercepted seven passes during that span, produced six sacks, and forced five fumbles.

Hawthorne earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors in early December of 2011.

15 responses to “Bears interested in free agent linebacker David Hawthorne

  1. Come to Philly, where you don’t have to change positions…or you can if you want to because all 3 are available.

  2. Philly wont sign a high priced LB, they will pick up a second tier LB to a one yr deal on the cheap, to try and quiet the natives….

  3. Hawthorne isnt going anywhere… mark my words, the hawks will re-sign him. They wouldnt let their most productive LB go, specifically because there isnt much to replace him. Move on Chicago, nothing to see here.

  4. I’ve been a huge fan of Hawthorne since his days in TCU. So he’ll be courted by many teams. A personal favorite player in the NFL, so obviously love to have him in Dennis Allen’s defense.

  5. Up-Grade over Lach, huh??? Yeah, you’d need a freakin’ cyborg to do that my friend. Sure he’s lost a step, but that’s what happens over the years, we get slower. His instinct and first step though, above reproach. And at the risk of purveying some Bear-homerism, I’ll take a gheriatric Lach over just about any LB in the show. Go Bears, see you on Bourbon St. boys!!!!

  6. Why in the hell the Seahawks don’t resign him I just don’t figure. He is the #1 playmaker on defense. Played hurt all last year and still did great. I remember him limping top speed 75 yards on a pick-6 . All this “We take care of our own” talk in Seattle and only 4 players out of 22 have been resigned. The front office talks a good game but They have a vise-grip on the wallet. It isn’t right. Hawthorne came in and played his rear off when Lofa got hurt. A undrafted FA, played dirt cheep for 3 years. Now they should step up & pay him.

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