As free agency approaches, the Chicago Bears have filled one key hole on the defensive side of the ball by penning tackle Jeremiah Ratliff to a new two year deal.
Ratliff joined the Bears in November of 2013 after injuring his hamstring at the start of the season when he was still a member of the Dallas Cowboys.
'America's Team' released the 32-year old in October and he was picked up by the Bears a month later to plug their injury plagued defense.
In five games for the Bears last season, Ratliff recorded 1.5 sacks and 14 combined tackles. With him being signed for two-years, it appears that Chicago believe Ratliff to be over the worst of his injuries and he is set to be a significant piece in their plans for next season and beyond.
“I didn’t want to go to free agency,” Ratliff said to the Chicago Tribune. “I didn’t want to get to know another ball-club, coaches, players, another scheme. I liked what I saw in Chicago and I believe we have a chance to win. That is where I want to take my shot.”
Ratliff was elected to four Pro-Bowls during his time as a Cowboy, being named an All-Pro on one occasion in 2009.
He joins Jay Cutler and eight other Bears whom have signed new deals before becoming free agents.