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Amobi Okoye out in Tampa, headed back to Chicago

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Today’s cut-down day in the NFL, but there are apparently some incomings too.

Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Bears are finalizing a deal to bring back defensive tackle Amobi Okoye, who is being released by the Buccaneers.

Okoye was reportedly close to a return from knee surgery in June, but had missed three preseason games and the Bucs apparently ran out of patience.

The former No. 10 overall pick hasn’t developed into a dominant player, but can help with interior pass-rush and with the Bears banged up at the position as well, they needed the depth.

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15 Responses to “Amobi Okoye out in Tampa, headed back to Chicago”
  1. mialto says: Aug 31, 2012 10:59 AM

    I love this guy….welcome back to Da Bears!

  2. cfos00 says: Aug 31, 2012 11:02 AM

    I thought he was actually a decent rotation DT for us last year, and was surprised we didn’t bring him back during the offseason. I’m happy to see him getting resigned. He will probably never live up to the No. 10 overall pick expectations, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be a useful player.

  3. houseofbacon says: Aug 31, 2012 11:03 AM

    I understand he wasn’t going to be a Pro Bowler this year or anything, but we don’t have a ton of d-line depth in Tampa as it is, so he must REALLY be in bad shape.

  4. larryboodry says: Aug 31, 2012 11:06 AM

    Love this move!

  5. jetstizzi85 says: Aug 31, 2012 11:14 AM

    A bit surprised Tampa didnt want to keep him due to their depth issues….odd

  6. legacybroken says: Aug 31, 2012 11:35 AM

    Im a bit surprised with this move. I guess they are confident that geraldini93 is going to hold up all year. If it backfires it will be another move thatvshould spell Dominik’s end.

  7. purpleguy says: Aug 31, 2012 11:43 AM

    The Bears must want Urlacher to have a knee rehab buddy.

  8. jpiro says: Aug 31, 2012 11:52 AM

    Hell yeah! I was sad to see him go. I think he was a great addition to the Bears DL last year, and we can afford to spell him so he’s not overly taxed while coming back from the injury.

    This is one of those moves that seems minor now but could pay big dividends later in the season.

  9. insanelomein2 says: Aug 31, 2012 12:00 PM

    I always thought Okoye and Tommie Harris were a nice rotation at DT for the Bears

  10. louiespoon says: Aug 31, 2012 12:29 PM

    Tommie Harris didn’t play with Okoye or the Bears last year…

  11. peaceknuckle says: Aug 31, 2012 12:37 PM

    Tommie Harris hasn’t been part of a “nice rotation at DT” for years.

  12. texansdude says: Aug 31, 2012 1:51 PM

    I hope Amobi does well. Was glad to see him do well in Chicago after Houston let him go.

  13. htowntexan says: Aug 31, 2012 1:51 PM

    If Tampa is releasing him, why Chicago going to trade for him?

  14. respectgsh says: Sep 1, 2012 12:14 AM

    Good move no sarcasm. Now go get an offensive tackle. We really need a LT even it costs a lot.

  15. johnnylightning13 says: Sep 1, 2012 5:45 PM

    Surprise! Another great move by Bears personnel procurement!

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