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Roster Move: Bears sign free agent LB Attaochu


The Bears on Sunday signed veteran outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu to a two-year contract.

Attaochu, 28, has appeared in 74 games with 23 starts in seven NFL seasons with the Chargers (2014-17), Jets (2018) and Broncos (2019-20), compiling 144 tackles, 20.5 sacks, 31 tackles-for-loss, 42 quarterback hits and four forced fumbles. The 6-3, 252-pounder has also spent time during the offseason with the 49ers (2018) and Chiefs (2019).

Attaochu was selected by the Chargers in the second round of the 2014 draft (50th overall) out of Georgia Tech, where he set a school record with 31.5 career sacks, including 12.5 as a senior in 2013.

Last season Attaochu played in 13 games with five starts for the Broncos, recording 5.0 sacks and 31 tackles, the second most of his career in both categories behind the 6.0 sacks and 55 tackles he registered in 2015 with the Chargers.

Attaochu is the fourth free agent the Bears have added from another team, joining quarterback Andy Dalton (Cowboys), defensive lineman Angelo Blackson (Cardinals) and cornerback Desmond Trufant (Lions).

Take a look at new Bears linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu in action. In seven NFL seasons, Attaochu has recorded 144 tackles and 20.5 sacks between Denver, the New York Jets and Los Angeles/San Diego.

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