He already has a Super Bowl title, but Chicago Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan wants to leave his mark in the city he’s grown to love.

Despite dealing with injuries that kept him from finishing three of the last four seasons, the Chicago Bears made their feelings for linebacker Danny Trevathan clear. Days before free agency began this offseason they re-signed him to a contract. Some people speculated the team would instead re-sign Trevathan’s backup, Nick Kwiatkoski.

The Bears love what Trevathan does on the field and his leadership off of it. He’s been Roquan Smith‘s mentor. Smith adjusted to the NFL life quickly with Trevathan’s assistance.

The Bears are definitely a better team with Trevathan on the field. I wrote earlier in the year that with him on the field, the Chicago Bears defense allowed 17.4 points and 94 rushing yards per game. Without him, that total went up to 20.1 and 112.3, respectively.

As much as the Bears showed their love for Trevathan, he loves the team and the city of Chicago. Despite already being a Super Bowl champion, he wants to leave a legacy with the Bears.

In Chicago Trevathan played in 46 games, recording 327 tackles (16 for loss), 6 sacks, 3 interceptions, 16 passes defended, three forced fumbles, and 2 fumble recoveries. Bringing a title back to Chicago would make that legacy a reality.

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A Super Bowl would definitely put a stamp on that. You’ve got to have a great team, man. I feel like we’re in the right situation… I feel like we’re so close right now and to do that would add to that legacy. Just to do that, it would be a dream of mine.

Trevathan is a big part of the Bears’ elite defense

Trevathan is a big part of an elite Chicago Bears defense. The 2018 version was one of the best defenses in the 2010s, but this one has a chance to be even better. The Bears added Pro Bowl and All-Pro edge rusher Robert Quinn, and Trevathan and defensive lineman Akiem Hicks are healthy again.

Despite losing nose tackle Eddie Goldman for the season (he opted out of the season due to COVID-19 concerns), this is still a great defense that will cause headaches across the league. If the offense is decent this season, the Bears could make noise in the playoffs.

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Even though he is 30 years old, Trevathan is still playing well. At the time he got injured, he was having one of his best seasons. He had 70 tackles and a sack in nine games. That was on pace to reach his career-best 129 tackles and 3 sacks he recorded in his second season in 2013. He ranks 33rd in the league in tackles since 2016 despite missing 18 games in that stretch.

The Chicago Bears have a rich history of great linebackers who left their marks on the NFL. Trevathan wants to be included on that list. He could do that depending on what happens in the next three seasons.

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