Bears sign former Saints DT Sedrick Ellis

6/12/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsDefensive tackle Sedrick Ellis was one of the biggest names still available on a stagnant free agent market for quite some time now. But a recent visit with the Chicago Bears proved fruitful after the team signed Ellis to a one-year contract on Tuesday. Financial terms of the contract were not released by the team.
The 28-year-old Ellis spent the first five seasons of his career with the New Orleans Saints. But despite starting majority of the Saints’ games over the past five seasons, Ellis never lived up to his early draft potential, as he proved more of a solid piece than the building block was projected to be coming out of USC. After registering 12.0 sacks in the first three seasons, Ellis’ production dropped dramatically as he only totaled 0.5 sacks over the next two seasons.
Last season, Ellis started all 16 games, while registering 36 tackles and a pass break up, but no sacks.
During his NFL career up to this point, Ellis started 70 career games with 31 starts for the Saints, while combining 173 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 14 pass break ups and two forced fumbles. Still, the Saints were ready to move from their 7th overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft, as Ellis wasn’t expected to fit in their new 3-4 defensive scheme.
However, Ellis helped the Saints win the Super Bowl XLIV, after registering 30 tackles and four sacks in 13 games as a rookie.
Ellis also visited the Detroit Lions and New England Patriots this week.
He will make a solid addition to the Bears defensive line, if used in rotation behind Henry Melton and Stephen Paea on the depth chart at defensive tackle. Sedrick Ellis should be able to immediately step into the Bears’ system and play effectively.
The Bears defensive tackle group also includes Nate Collins, who was re-signed by the team this offseason, and former Carolina Panthers third-round pick Corvey Irvin, who was acquired as a free agent.
Former Bears defensive tackle Amobi Okoye still hasn’t signed a contract with an NFL  team this offseason.
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