Looking for needed depth, the Chicago Bears signed former New Orleans Saints first-round defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis to a one-year deal. Ellis, the seventh overall selection out of USC in the first round of the 2008 NFL draft, has been a solid, if unspectacular performer over his five-year career.
The 6-1, 307-pound Ellis gives the Bears a veteran presence behind starters Henry Melton and Stephen Paea. Despite playing more of a nose tackle role that didn’t him to fully utilize his skills, he collected collecting 36 tackles and a pass break up. Ellis has proven to be durable, starting all 70 games played over five seasons (2008-12). In his career, he’s posted 174 tackles (99 solo), 12.5 sacks, 13 pass break ups, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
Ellis visited the Bears last week. He also considered offers from the New England Patriots and Detroit Lions. With his addition, the Bears roster stands at the maximum 90-man limit.
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