Former Cowboys Pro Bowl DT Jay Ratliff visits Bears

Former Cowboys Pro Bowl DT Jay Ratliff visits Bears
October 31, 2013, 10:30 am
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Phil Emery and the Bears were quiet as the NFL trading deadline passed on Tuesday, but help could be on the way in the form of a four-time Pro Bowler.

On Thursday morning, the Bears brought in former Cowboys defensive tackle Jay Ratliff in for a workout at Halas Hall according to a report.

The Cowboys released Raliff earlier this month with the belief that he would be out for the season rehabbing a sports hernia injury which he suffered Week 11 in 2012.

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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The Bears won't be the only stop on Ratliff's tour. He is expected to visit the Chiefs and has an expected visit with an unnamed team.

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. 

If healthy, Ratliff could provide a huge 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.