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Amobi Okoye likely finished with Bears

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Defensive tackle Amobi Okoye has drawn a fair amount of interest in free agency and that means he’s unlikely to return to the Bears in 2012.

On a conference call with season ticket holders on Wednesday, general manager Phil Emery said that the team has had conversations with Okoye about returning to the team. Those conversations haven’t been frutitful, however, and that leads Emery to believe Okoye will be in a different uniform next season.

“Right now, Amobi is trying to decide which direction he is going,” Emery said, via Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. “We’ve had conversations with him. So far, we have not been able to work out a deal. Amobi is probably going in a different direction.”

Okoye had four sacks as an interior lineman for the Bears last season. While he didn’t start, he wound up playing more than half the snaps and made a nice tandem with Henry Melton. If he does wind up leaving, the Bears, who also released defensive tackle Anthony Adams, will have to find some help on the line in the draft or free agency.

Even though he’s going into his sixth NFL season, Okoye will be just 25 in June. The Bengals, Buccaneers, Broncos and Patriots have all shown interest in finding out if that means there’s room for growth in the future.

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13 Responses to “Amobi Okoye likely finished with Bears”
  1. fearthebengaltiger says: Apr 5, 2012 10:19 AM

    welcome to the jungle amobi

  2. samtoneal says: Apr 5, 2012 10:35 AM


  3. ditkadontbutkus says: Apr 5, 2012 10:43 AM

    This would be a great move for the Bears!

    The rest of the league

  4. gazzzmann says: Apr 5, 2012 10:43 AM

    Welcome to the Patriots,you will be a Super Bowl contender every year!!!!

  5. philsbirdsflyers says: Apr 5, 2012 10:50 AM

    Donovan McNabb blames that particular sack on Mike Shanahan.

  6. asublimeday says: Apr 5, 2012 10:57 AM

    Paea will start. Time to step up.

  7. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 5, 2012 11:16 AM

    Come to the Colts!!!

  8. bigwinintx says: Apr 5, 2012 1:18 PM

    He did absolutely nothing with the Texans, which is why he’s bouncing around now.

    Ton of potential, but no motor to keep him going.

  9. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Apr 5, 2012 1:37 PM

    What’s the deal with Chicago- do they have cap constraints, or are the just cheap? Why let a solid contributor walk? Why play hardball with your best player (Forte)? Yet they weren’t afraid to surrender two 3rd round picks for a dirtbag wr.

  10. brennankm46 says: Apr 5, 2012 1:54 PM

    Definitely a good 3rd down DT. Really got after slower G’s and C’s last year.

    Still, very replaceable.

  11. thevza says: Apr 5, 2012 1:55 PM

    I thought he played well in spots last year. Would have liked to see him give it another go in 2012, but I guess there’s only so much money to go around on that team. Wouldn’t want to draw the ire of Matt Forte by paying another player again….

  12. 1brocktacular says: Apr 6, 2012 8:12 AM

    Bring ’em in Bucs!!!

  13. cwitty63 says: Apr 7, 2012 3:20 AM

    He could be some good traing camp fodder in cincy to make some o-linmen get better.
    Probably would’nt make opening day roster with that tough defense.

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