Bears are giving former Bills’ LB Tremaine Edmunds a 4-yr, $72M that includes $50M guaranteed, per source. It is the largest 4-year contract for an inside linebacker in the NFL.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2023
Tremaine Edmunds, Chicago Bears, Agree to Contract
Tremaine Edmunds enters the open market after yet another strong season in the heart of the Buffalo Bills defense. Starting and appearing in 13 games, the linebacker finished his season with one sack, 102 tackles, six tackles-for-loss, three quarterback hits, one interception, and seven passes defended. The Bills won the AFC East but ultimately fell to the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Divisional Round.
Edmunds originally entered the league as a first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Selected by the Buffalo Bills, the linebacker immediately earned a starting job, playing in 15 games while recording two sacks, 121 tackles, five tackles-for-loss, seven quarterback hits, two interceptions, 12 passes defender, and two forced fumbles.
Edmunds built on that promising rookie campaign and became an even better player in 2019. Starting and appearing in all 16 games, the Virginia Tech product finished his second season with 1.5 sacks, 115 tackles, 10 tackles-for-loss, four quarterback hits, one interception, and nine passes defended. This impressive season earned Edmunds a trip to the Pro Bowl – the first of his career.
The linebacker followed up that season with yet another strong campaign in 2020. Starting and appearing in 15 games, Edmunds finished the season with two sacks, 119 tackles, four tackles-for-loss, three quarterback hits, and three passes defended. The Bills made it all the way to the AFC Championship Game before falling to the Kansas City Chiefs. Following the season, Edmunds earned his second Pro Bowl selection. With that, Buffalo opted to utilize the fifth-year option in his contract.
2021 was more of the same for Edmunds. While he didn’t make the Pro Bowl, the linebacker still recorded 108 tackles, seven tackles-for-loss, one quarterback hit, one interception, and four passes defended.
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