Kevin Pierre-Louis ...
© Andrew Nelles | 2018 Jan 6
Kevin Pierre-Louis ... © Andrew Nelles | 2018 Jan 6

The Bears signed free-agent veteran LB Kevin Pierre-Louis to a one-year contract Wednesday.

The 27-year-old journeyman appeared in nine games last season with the New York Jets, his third team, after being drafted in the fourth round by the Seattle Seahawks in 2014 and traded to the Kansas City Chiefs in 2017.

Pierre-Louis enjoyed his best season with the Chiefs, whose offensive coordinator was Matt Nagy, tallying 31 tackles and two passes defensed on 'D' in 14 games, in addition to leading Dave Toub's special teams with six tackles.

Pierre-Louis, a product of Boston College, was a workout warrior at the 2014 NFL scouting combine, where he measured at 6-feet and 232 pounds and was among the most explosive linebackers in attendance, with a 4.51 40-yard dash, 39-inch vertical and 128-inch broad jump.

Pierre-Louis has used that athleticism to carve out a career as a reserve linebacker and special teams stalwart, the two roles he'll likely be asked to fill with the Bears, who have one of the game's top LB corps but a third phase in the midst of a significant transition.

The Bears this offseason parted ways with core special teamers Sam Acho, Josh Bellamy, Benny Cunningham and Daniel Brown, and fellow past stalwarts Sherrick McManis and Nick Kwiatkoski could be competing alongside Pierre-Louis for spots this season.

The Bears led the NFL in punt return average last season and ranked 10th in the league covering punts but were only 28th in covering kickoffs and dead last in kickoff returns in 2018.