Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks will visit with the Bears on Saturday, which could set up a reunion with General Manager Ryan Pace as Pace was in the Saints front office when they drafted Hicks in the third round of the 2012 draft.
Hicks remained with the Saints until he was traded to the Patriots a few weeks into last season. Lions General Manager Bob Quinn was in New England’s front office at the time of the trade and he also appears to be in the market for a reunion.
According to multiple reports, Hicks is scheduled to visit with the Lions after he meets with the Bears. The Lions re-signed defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker, but Jason Jones, Darryl Tapp and Corey Wootton are all free agents so the team has some openings up front on defense.
Of course, Hicks’ visit will only take place if he leaves Chicago without a contract and the prospect of the Lions signing him might make a deal with the Bears more likely.