Former San Francisco 49ers defensive end Aaron Lynch is officially on the move. Lynch is signing a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears, according to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport. Additionally, Tank Carradine is on a visit today, meeting with the Oakland Raiders, according to Rapoport.
Lynch got off to a solid start in his NFL career, getting 6.0 sacks as a rookie and 6.5 sacks in his second season. However, he’s had 2.5 sacks total the past two seasons. He had a four-game suspension in 2016 for violating the league’s substance policy, and has had issues staying in shape and productive. He heads to Chicago where he will reunite with his rookie defensive coordinator, Vic Fangio. Given that Fangio is not one to take any BS, this could be good for Lynch’s career.
Carradine never emerged as the pass rush presence the 49ers were hoping, but he turned into a solid enough run stopping defensive end. Part of his struggles were due to the 49ers remaining unclear on the role they wanted for him. They had him going up and down in weight, moving him inside and then back outside. Ideally, he can find a role that fits him and try and build something of his career.