The Chicago Bears have a desperate need to improve their defense this off-season, after new head coach John Fox revealed that they are really struggling at the moment with the lack of quality on that side of the ball.
And if the latest news coming out of the Windy City is anything to go by, the Bears are very prepared to take what could be a big risk in order to make some improvements.
According to a report from Chris Mortensen, an NFL reporter for ESPN, the Bears have made a move to sign controversial defensive lineman Ray McDonald.
McDonald has a link to Chicago as he played for the Bears new defensive coordinator Vic Fangio for the San Francisco 49ers last season. But McDonald got into plenty of hot water with the law last year and this is where the risk element comes in.
McDonald was arrested in a felony domestic violence case in August, but prosecutors said in November that he would not be charged.
McDonald was later accused of rape in December. The 49ers released him that same day, and the 30-year-old had been without a team since, until today. Earlier this month, McDonald sued the woman that accused him of rape because he was never charged in the incident and the allegation ultimately cost him his job.
"I feel like what I am doing is the right thing because I know that I am not this bad person that people are making me out to be," McDonald told ESPN last week about the lawsuit. "I've been fired from my job. I know some teams don't even want to talk to me because of this past accusation. All I am trying to do is clear my name and move on with my life."
McDonald's situation is comparable to that of Greg Hardy in some sense. Where McDonald hasn't been found guilty of a crime like Hardy, a lot of NFL sides still didn't want to touch him with a bargepole because of the accusations.
McDonald was drafted by the 49ers in the 3rd round of the 2007 draft with the 97th selection overall out of the University of Florida, where he was a national champion in 2007.