Barkevious Mingo chooses deal from the Chicago Bears over the Houston Texans.
The Houston Texans are losing outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo to the Chicago Bears, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Mingo was part of the deal that sent Jadeveon Clowney to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for Jacob Martin and a future third-round draft selection. Mingo was mainly a reserve on defense and took on a larger role on special teams.
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The Texans displayed an initial interest in retaining Mingo for the upcoming 2020 season as they prioritized in bringing back the majority of their core on special teams.
Mingo becomes the second special teamer to leave the Texans after running back Taiwan Jones decided to sign with the Buffalo Bills after agreeing to a one year deal to remain in Houston.
Mingo’s one year deal with the Bears will be worth $1.187 million with $887,000 guaranteed, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. Mingo was active for all 16 games in the regular season and finished with six tackles in 2019.
He was also active in both of the Texans postseason games and made a big play on special teams as he blocked a punt against the Kansas City Chiefs that was returned for a touchdown by cornerback Lonnie Johnson.
Mingo will be joining several former coaches in Chicago that he played with in previous teams in the league, according to Rapoport.
Bears’ current defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano was the head coach for the Indianapolis Colts while Mingo was there, and he will also work once again with special teams coordinator Chris Tabor from his previous stint with the Cleveland Browns.