The Bears went into this offseason looking to shore themselves up at defensive tackle. They took care of Pro Bowl’er Henry Melton with their franchise tag and re-signed backup Nate Collins and added Corey Irvin, all with Stephen Paea in place as their nose tackle.
The competition ratcheted up another level on Tuesday, agreeing with former New Orleans defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis to a one-year contract. Ellis, 6-foot-1, 307 pounds, was a No. 1 pick of the Saints in 2008 and started 70 games over five seasons from 2008-2012.
Ellis recorded 174 tackles (99 solo), 12.5 sacks, 13 pass break ups, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery during his time with the Saints. In 2012, Ellis started all 16 games for New Orleans, collecting 36 tackles and a pass break up.
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Wide receiver Devin Aromashodu was establishing a good relationship with quarterback Jay Cutler in 2009-10 before leaving for the Minnesota Vikings in 2011-12. Now he’s back with a chance to start catching Cutler passes again after re-signing with the Bears this week.
“It’s good to be back and happy to be back having another opportunity to play again, so it’s just fun being back on the field most of all,” Aromashodu said on Tuesday. He had other prospects percolating but “it was kind of just being familiar here, knowing some of the players, especially the quarterback, who I played with before, so it made things a little bit easier.”