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Bears sign Nate Collins

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The Bears have maxed out their roster at 90 players by adding another veteran defensive tackle to the mix.

Nate Collins had 10 tackles in 12 games with the Jaguars last season, but might be better known for getting arrested for marijuana possession in February. The Jaguars rescinded the exclusive rights free agent tender they placed on Collins a short time later, making him available to every team in the league. The Seahawks took a look, but he remained unemployed until the Bears decided to bring him on.

The Bears have recently signed John McCargo and DeMario Pressley at defensive tackle as well and all three players will be fighting for backup spots opened up by the departures of Amobi Okoye and Anthony Adams. There’s also been talk about the Bears bringing Tommie Harris back into the mix, something that would make for an even more heated battle for spots this summer.

With Collins in the fold, the Bears will have to cut a player in order to add Harris or any other free agents.

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8 Responses to “Bears sign Nate Collins”
  1. sillyv6 says: May 24, 2012 8:23 AM

    I can’t recall the Bears ever bringing back a player they had previously cut. However I would not be shocked if this was the exception. It seems like Tommie has matured since he left and he was always liked by the fans as well.

    Bring him back!

    BEAR DOWN

  2. Bearfan54 says: May 24, 2012 8:24 AM

    Wow! What a change up from seasons past. The bears are making a lot of moves, adding 8-9 players before the draft and then some after the draft. It’s a nice change up from what Bear fans are used too.

  3. larryboodry says: May 24, 2012 8:28 AM

    Not sure how much impact this guy will have…Surprised the Lions didn’t consider him a good fit.

  4. kyannalashae says: May 24, 2012 8:47 AM

    When I first read the headline I thought it said Nick Collins of my Packers lol,I was like what???

  5. muskyhunter2542 says: May 24, 2012 9:20 AM

    I thought it said Nick Collins for a second… I guess its a bit early in the morning.

  6. beedubyatoo says: May 24, 2012 9:52 AM

    Who??

  7. rabidbillsfan says: May 24, 2012 10:04 AM

    @ kyannalashea

    Formerly of “your” Packers.

  8. udtfrogmanvet says: May 24, 2012 1:15 PM

    He’s better than you think. He was rotational player for the Jags and did well when Potroast went down. Good find, Bears.

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