|Amobi Okoye signs his contract with the Bears Monday at Halas Hall.|
"It feels great," Okoye said. "It feels like I never left. I'm glad to be back as a Bear and I'm looking forward to a championship season. My heart was always to come back."
To make room on the roster for Okoye, the Bears waived defensive tackle
"I had it like six weeks before camp," Okoye said. "I went into camp a little too early. I should have taken a couple more weeks just getting [through] that stage of recovery with the weight-bearing and resistance stuff. I didn't do that and that's what caused the inflammation.
"After that happened and I played the first preseason game, the training camp and I decided to just cool it down with limited practice until the season started."
As a quick, gap-shooting defensive tackle, Okoye feels that he's ideally suited to play the three technique position in the Bears' defensive scheme.
"It fits like a glove," Okoye said. "Being here last year and knowing what I like to do and what this defense asks of me to do, it's perfect."
Before joining the Bears last year, Okoye spent his first four NFL seasons with the Texans after being selected by Houston with the 10th overall pick in the 2007 draft out of Louisville. He started 58 of 62 games played for the Texans, registering 138 tackles and 11 sacks.