Nichols had 28 tackles (20 solo), three sacks and two forced fumble in 14 games in 2018.
Nichols served as a rotational defensive end throughout the season and exceeded 40 defensive snaps in only one game. The 2018 fifth-round pick enters his first offseason in the league and could push for a heavier workload in his second season.
Nichols (knee) is active for Sunday's wild-card game against the Eagles.
Nichols was added to the injury report as a limited participant Friday and received the questionable tag. The 22-year-old has battled knee issues since early November but hasn't missed a game since Week 9.
Nichols functioned as a backup defensive end, but flashed solid ability as a pass rusher in his 327 snaps played. He's signed for three more years and will likely continue to serve as a backup next year, but if he's pressed into a full-time role, his ability to rush the passer could make him a useful IDP.
Nichols (knee) is active for Sunday's game against the 49ers.
Nichols was a late addition to the Bears' Week 16 injury report after the knee issue limited his participation in Friday's practice. After gaining clearance for the contest, he should fill his usual role as a rotational end. The rookie out of Delaware has tallied 26 stops, two sacks and two forced fumbles through his 12 appearances.
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