Yannick Ngakoue isn't the only former Jaguars player going to the Bears

AFC Championship - Jacksonville Jaguars v New England Patriots
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The Jacksonville Jaguars have had a great off-season and they are going to have a great regular season ahead.

2023 is loaded with expectations and the hope is that they can live up to them. If they can, a deep playoff run could be on the horizon.

People would have loved to have seen former Jaguars pass rusher Yannick Ngakoue come back but that won't be happening this year.

The Chicago Bears signed him to a one-year deal and they are going to love having him. It is an interesting move for both sides as there is clearly optimism there heading into this 2023 season.

A couple of former Jacksonville Jaguars are headed to the Chicago Bears.

Ngakoue isn't the only former Jaguars player going to Chicago either. On Friday, we learned that former Jaguars tight end Mercedes Lewis has signed in Chicago.

Lewis spent the first 12 years of his NFL career with the Jacksonville Jaguars before spending the last five with the Green Bay Packers.

It will be interesting seeing him go from the Packers to the Bears as they meet each other in week one of the NFL season.

He has come a long way since becoming the Jaguars first-round pick in 2006. In fact, he is entering his 18th NFL season.

That breaks the tie with Jason Witten and Tony Gonzalez for the most seasons ever by a tight end. The longevity he has displayed is incredible.

Would it have been nice to have Lewis back to back up Evan Engram? Yeah, sure. However, it will be fun seeing him back up Cole Kmet in Chicago as well.

Seeing two former Jaguars go to the Bears in the same 24-hour span is pretty funny but these guys deserved to get late off-season jobs secured. Hopefully, they succeed with their new team this year and have a little bit of fun.

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