The Bears had their sights set on free agent defensive end Michael Bennett, but are now forced to look elsewhere after Bennett re-signed with the Seattle Seahawks on Monday afternoon.
Now, general manager Phil Emery is moving on to Plan B which could be Oakland Raiders defensive end Lamarr Houston, according to a report from NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.
Houston at 6-foot-3, 300 pounds is one of the most versatile defensive linemen on the open market. He has the ability the move inside and play the three-technique. He started all 16 games at right end for the Raiders in 2013, registering a career-high six sacks.
After being drafted by the Raiders in the second-round (44th overall) in 2010 out of the University of Texas, Houston has accumulated 16 sacks and 171 tackles. The 26-year-old defensive end has never missed a game in four seasons.