The door for free agent Israel Idonije’s return was barely open prior to Tuesday. By late afternoon, it appeared all but closed.
After signing six-year veteran defensive end Turk McBride (24 career starts) on March 20, general manager Phil Emery signed another backup end in Kyle Moore, who registered the first three sacks of his career and posted a personal-high 24 tackles in seven starts (12 games total) for Buffalo last season.
The 6-foot-6, 263 lb. Moore was a fourth-round draft pick of Tampa Bay in 2009 out of USC and played in a total of 15 games (seven starts) for the Buccaneers his first two seasons. He was signed off Detroit’s practice squad by the Bills midway through 2011 and played in four games for the Bills that season.
Moore did well in pass-rushing situations for Buffalo last year, but was said to be a liability against the run. The Bills reportedly had some interest in bringing him back, but won’t be strictly using a 4-3 system under a new coaching staff, and that’s where the 26-year-old seemed be most effective.
Barring Shea McLellin moving to linebacker, he and Corey Wootton would rotate in most of the playing time with Julius Peppers at defensive end. The team currently has four defensive tackles under contract -- Henry Melton, Stephen Paea, Nate Collins and Andre Fluellen, who the team signed to a one-year deal Tuesday -- leading some to speculate the position could be a target area during the draft, April 25-27.
Moore comes from a military family and was born in Germany. He attended high school in Houston.
-- The Bears announced that James Anderson, the free agent linebacker signed away last month, will wear uniform number 50. He’s the first Bears player to wear that jersey since Hall of Famer Mike Singletary retired in 1992.
-- In addition to Moore and Fluellen, the Bears also signed center Taylor Boggs to a one-year deal on Tuesday.