The Bears bolstered their defensive line Tuesday by agreeing to terms with veteran tackle Sedrick Ellis on a one-year contract.
|Veteran defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis pressures Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer.|
The 6-1, 307-pounder spent the last five seasons with the Saints after being selected by New Orleans with the seventh overall pick in the 2008 draft out of USC.
Ellis started all 70 career games he played for the Saints, recording 174 tackles (99 solo), 12.5 sacks, 13 pass breakups, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
He registered 30 tackles and four sacks in 13 games as a rookie, helping New Orleans win the Super Bowl. Ellis started all 16 contests last season, compiling 36 tackles.
He joins a defensive tackle group with the Bears that includes veterans Henry Melton, Stephen Paea Nate Collins and Corvey Irvin.