Bears ink former Pro Bowl DT Jay Ratliff

Bears ink former Pro Bowl DT Jay Ratliff
November 2, 2013, 4:15 pm
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Scott Krinch

UPDATE: The team confirmed Ratliff's signing Saturday night.

Phil Emery and the Bears were quiet during last Tuesday's NFL trade deadline, but possibly for good reason.

According to a report, the Bears have inked four-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle, Jay Ratliff, who was released by the Dallas Cowboys last month.

Ratliff's agent Mark Slough contacted teams shortly after his release stating that he was given medical clearance and could return by the middle of November.

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He worked out for the Bears earlier this week and Chicago was one of three teams that had interest in the former Cowboy.

Ratliff has a connection with a few members of the Bears. He was teammates with Martellus Bennett for four seasons in Dallas. Special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis served in the same capacity with the Cowboys from 2009-2012.

Chicago has a huge void at defensive tackle after losing Pro Bowler Henry Melton earlier this season.

If healthy, Ratliff could provide a boost for a Bears' defense that's ranked 29th in the league in points allowed.

In 104 career games, Ratliff has registered 158 tackles, 27 sacks, 12 fumble recoveries and four forced fumbles.