Report: Bears sign pair of veteran DT's

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Report: Bears sign pair of veteran DT's

With a need for more depth at the defensive tackle position, the Bears brought in four players for a tryout at Halas Hall Thursday afternoon. Two of those four left Chicago with contracts.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the Bears inked veteran defensive tackles John McCargo and DeMario Pressley to one-year contracts. The duo were former college teammates at North Carolina State.

McCargo was originally drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the first round in 2006. The 26-year-old has registered 52 tackles, 2.5 sacks and one forced fumble in 37 career games. He played in four games with the Buccaneers in 2011.

Pressley was drafted by the Saints in 2008. After two years with New Orleans, he's spent time with the Texans, Colts, Broncos and Panthers. The former fifth-round pick has 20 tackles and no sacks in his career.

After cutting ties with Amobi Okoye, the Bears have only three experienced defensive tackles on their roster: Henry Melton, Stephen Paea and Matt Toeaina. McCargo and Pressley are expected to compete for one roster spot during preseason.

Preps recruiting: Illini add another 2017 piece

Preps recruiting: Illini add another 2017 piece

Illinois and head coach Lovie Smith added another piece to the Fighting Illini Class of 2017 late last night when Prospect two-star ranked offensive tackle Alex Palczewski (6-foot-6, 270 pounds) gave Illinois his verbal commitment.

"I felt extremely comfortable at Illinois," Palczewski told Orange and Blue News publisher Doug Buschon last night. "I know with Coach Lovie Smith there, that program is going to go sky high. We're going to win."

Palczewski, who flew under most recruiting radar screens missed his entire 2015 junior season because of an injury is now the 20th known verbal commitment in the Illinois Class of 2017 and the ninth known in-state commitment. 

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