Source: DE Edwards, Bears finalizing 3-year deal

    Dickerson covers the Chicago Bears for ESPN’s NFL Nation. He is the co-host of “Dickerson & Hood” on the ESPN Radio national network, and is heard in Chicago on ESPN 1000.

CHICAGO — The Chicago Bears and defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. are finalizing a three-year, $11.5 million deal, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Edwards, 27, had a career-high four sacks in 15 games for the Bears last season.

Edwards — formerly of the Raiders, Giants and Saints — signed with Chicago less than a week before last year’s regular season opener and emerged as a consistent pass-rush threat.

However, Edwards will miss the first two games of the 2021 regular season after the league suspended him in January for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drugs policy.

In December, authorities charged him with misdemeanor assault stemming from an incident with a woman at the Bears’ team hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina, the night before Chicago played the Panthers in Week 6. Edwards’ agent repeatedly denied any wrongdoing on Edwards’ part.

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