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Bears bringing in Amobi Okoye

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Dumped earlier in the day by the Houston Texans, defensive tackle Amobi Okoye already has a new home.

Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune reports that Okoye, the 10th overall pick in the 2007 draft, has agreed to terms with the Bears.  It’s a one-year deal.

Okoye is the second former top-ten defensive lineman signed by the Bears in two days.  They’ve previously acquired Vernon Gholston, the sixth overall pick in the 2008 draft.

Moreover, Okoye’s arrival gives the Bears a trifecta of former top-ten picks, given the signing of receiver Roy Williams.

Because Okoye has four years of service, he wasn’t required to pass through waivers.  And he presumably appeared on Saturday’s official Personnel Notice.  Otherwise, the Bears would have been in violation of the premature contact rule for the second time since Thursday.

UPDATE:  The Bears have announced the move, explaining that Okoye “agreed to terms.”  Which likely means he hasn’t signed his contract yet.

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39 Responses to “Bears bringing in Amobi Okoye”
  1. fonetiklee says: Jul 30, 2011 8:36 PM

    Wow, it’s a parade of mediocrity up there in Chicago.

  2. myvickinabox14 says: Jul 30, 2011 8:37 PM

    At least Philly gets good players

  3. doctorfootball says: Jul 30, 2011 8:39 PM

    “Wow, it’s a parade of mediocrity up there in Chicago”?

    Saying Gholston is mediocre, is an insult to the word “mediocre.”

  4. beastofeden says: Jul 30, 2011 8:40 PM

    The Bears would be better of signing Christian Okoye then this dufus!!!

  5. spartytime says: Jul 30, 2011 8:40 PM

    finally a good move by my bears…atleast theyre awake…okoye is 1 year older than some rookies drafted this year

  6. coleman121280 says: Jul 30, 2011 8:41 PM

    I thought Amobi Okoye was an exotic steak sauce…

  7. tone360 says: Jul 30, 2011 8:42 PM

    Lazerus project in full effect!!! Go BEARS!!!

  8. hobartbaker says: Jul 30, 2011 8:43 PM

    Once they ascertained that Amobi Okoye wasn’t the same virus that has been plaguing the Brown’s practice facility, Chicago welcomed him with open arms.

  9. rickditka says: Jul 30, 2011 8:46 PM

    I guess the McCaskeys are just going to take that extra $30mil in cap space and put it in there old wrinkley pockets.

  10. centexhorn says: Jul 30, 2011 8:46 PM

    Can’t knock them for upgrading their depth. It’s a tough game.

  11. jsbake7 says: Jul 30, 2011 8:47 PM

    I keep waiting to read “Bears sign a #1 receiver” or “Bears sign quality offensive guard/tackle.” Instead… This!?!?!?

  12. spartytime says: Jul 30, 2011 8:48 PM

    We’re losing Kreutz…. :(

  13. jw731 says: Jul 30, 2011 8:49 PM

    Is Chicago cornering the market on 1st round busts?

  14. boondocksaint224 says: Jul 30, 2011 8:49 PM

    I must have missed where Okoye and Vernon Gholston spent the entire offseason learning to play O-line. Because that’s the only reason why it’d make sense for Jerry Angelo’s stupid ass to spend his time on grabbing up these guys and letting Olin Kreutz walk instead of fixing his ****ty offensive line.

  15. jsbake7 says: Jul 30, 2011 8:49 PM

    I also find it interesting that Jerry Angelo is no longer satisfied with his own first-round draft pick busts… He is bringing in everyone else’s too!!!

  16. goawayeverybody says: Jul 30, 2011 8:54 PM

    Hey Nate Clements signed with the Bengals. Did you report this yet?

  17. mattsffrd says: Jul 30, 2011 8:58 PM

    Hey Chicago, I hear David Carr is available…

  18. Awol.West says: Jul 30, 2011 9:01 PM

    Low risk move.
    It takes some players more time to adjust and wake up than others.
    This guy was a first round pick, we shall see how his story unfolds…

    If you love the game, and this off-season, check this out fellas: http://awolwest.wordpress.com/

  19. deputyjmc123 says: Jul 30, 2011 9:04 PM

    I was happy when the Texans drafted Amobi but his production never matched his draft position and contract. Solid against the run and a good community guy but never showed the burst and pass rush ability everyone expected from him. I wish him well in Chicago.

  20. plundergrunge says: Jul 30, 2011 9:08 PM

    They grabbed the Barbarian, too.

  21. mulehead70 says: Jul 30, 2011 9:09 PM

    It’s a Tim Ruskell thing…he didn’t do s%&t for the Seahawks’ O-line during his reign in Seattle. Jay Cutler will soon experience what Matt Hasselbeck had to do for 3 years….run for his life!

  22. spartytime says: Jul 30, 2011 9:14 PM

    We got marion barber..WTF!!!! The only cowboy that is worth a pickup is Leonard Davis since he plays an OL…Jeeezz

  23. andyreidisfat says: Jul 30, 2011 9:17 PM

    doctorfootball says:
    Jul 30, 2011 8:39 PM
    “Wow, it’s a parade of mediocrity up there in Chicago”?

    Saying Gholston is mediocre, is an insult to the word “mediocre.”

    While there is no doubt He has been a bust so far, he has also not been givin a chance to play his natural position either. I still think this kid can be a good player in a true 4-3 playing opposite Peppers.

    Okoye on the other hand is a slow undersized DT with no real strength. I don’t see him ever being a player.

  24. Andre's Johnson says: Jul 30, 2011 9:26 PM

    Okoye is a good run-stopper. He never really developed into the top-flight defensive lineman the Texans were hoping for, but he’s a quality player. Just not suited for a 3-4 scheme.

  25. steelforce43 says: Jul 30, 2011 9:28 PM

    Call, me crazy but I like what the Bears are doing. Not as much as the Eagles but Okoye was the youngest player to ever be drafted. He is a smart kid but needed to be in a different system. Plus Barber and Forte now in the backfield. Roy Williams was only good when playing with Martz.

  26. Christian says: Jul 30, 2011 9:58 PM

    Not the most exciting signing, but the price is right, and if he (or Gholston) even half pans out, it’ll be an upgrade over Tommie “False Start” Harris.

  27. cantonbound13 says: Jul 30, 2011 10:08 PM

    Is Wannesteadt back in Chicago? Why else would the Bears be signing busts?

  28. bearsrulepackdrool says: Jul 30, 2011 10:12 PM

    I like the Okoye move not the Barber move.

    I think our O-line has gotten a pretty good upgrade so far this offseason. We got a couple good tackles from the past two years draft and the guards have always been solid. Losing Kreutz could change all that. Give him what he needs and lets go!

    Gholston and Okoye will definitely benefit from Marinelli’s system (see Israel Idonije’s season).

    I don’t think Barber will make the team.

  29. xstaticonradio says: Jul 30, 2011 10:52 PM

    The dude got accepted into Harvard at like 15 years old. Idc if he can play or not, that’s amazing.

  30. chobes68 says: Jul 30, 2011 10:59 PM

    These are one year deals, and not for much money. Nothing wrong with the Bears rolling the dice on them. The problem I do have, being a Bears fan, is that they were one of the teams with the most money, and this is all they have to show for it?

  31. arnoldziffel says: Jul 30, 2011 11:01 PM

    To borrow a line from the movie “Major League” …

    “Now who’s this f***ing guy?”

  32. relaunche says: Jul 30, 2011 11:14 PM

    This is getting comical….

  33. txndave says: Jul 30, 2011 11:24 PM

    Good luck chicago.. Your gonna need it with this guy. The guys just a bust, no way else to slice it. About time we got rid of him

  34. db3300 says: Jul 30, 2011 11:34 PM

    “The only cowboy that is worth a pickup is Leonard Davis since he plays an OL”

    I guess you didn’t see him play last year.

  35. crushing56 says: Jul 31, 2011 12:37 AM

    We wont miss Okoye in Houston. Another blown first round pick.

  36. originalsmasher says: Jul 31, 2011 3:13 AM

    …the [almost] ready for prime time players!

  37. originalsmasher says: Jul 31, 2011 3:54 AM

    The Bears need to stop hanging around the Cubs.

    My God!..when U have the salary-cap $ the Bears have!..U use it!! They should have gone after the “prize” free agent CB from the Raiders. Its the hardest defensive position to fill with quality, let alone a super star!

  38. ronman189 says: Aug 1, 2011 4:48 PM

    Mr. Look-At-Me-I’m-A -Big-Time-GM Angelo continues to display his ineptitude. There is exactly ONE of his first round picks left on this team and it happens to be Chris Williams who, because of is back, should have never been a first rounder in the first place. What’s next, Jerry? I hear Rex Grossman is still out there and available. Don’t you think you gave up on his too soon? You pay Cutler all that money only to provide him with a porous offensive line that will keep him on his ass the whole season. You must have some steamy pictures of old lady McCaskey in a drawer somewhere as that can be the only reason you still have your job.

  39. tone360 says: Aug 1, 2011 7:05 PM

    Still waiting for O-line help. I’m personally not too upset about losing Kreutz on the field (the locker room may be another story) but why not a strong run at Light (NE) or Indy’s O-line FA (Johnson I think).
    Why not a run at WR. Jones (G.B)? Two birds, one stone type move.
    With the Barber move I’m really scratching my head. Wolfe is a goner but we didn’t use C. Taylor enough and I still like Kahlil Bell.
    The Defense will again post a stellar campaign but if (when) Cutler is running for his life we won’t give our Offense a chance. Here’s hoping Carimiis ready to go and Williams can patch up his Vagina (Back)!!!

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