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Bears get signing bonus back from Sedrick Ellis

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With defensive lineman Sedrick Ellis abruptly deciding to retire, the Bears potentially were out the $285,000 signing bonus they paid to him as part of a one-year, $1 million deal.

According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, Ellis has returned the money.

Ellis also was due to earn a base salary of $715,000, $215,000 of which was guaranteed.  He’ll now receive nothing, and the Bears will receive a salary-cap credit for the salary in 2013 — and a cap credit for the signing bonus in 2014.

The former top-10 pick of the Saints could have chosen to show up and tank it and get cut, and he would have kept the money.  Some would have been tempted to do just that.

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21 Responses to “Bears get signing bonus back from Sedrick Ellis”
  1. Neftali Ramos says: Jul 28, 2013 8:25 PM

    Integrity. That’s rare in athletes these days.

  2. tinbender2000 says: Jul 28, 2013 8:40 PM

    What’s even rarer than integrity in a NFL player these days? Finding a player that “only” made tens of millions and had enough money in the bank to return the signing bonus.

  3. dallashomer says: Jul 28, 2013 8:40 PM

    Good for Ellis. I don’t know anything about him, but at least on the surface, he seemed to do the right thing.

  4. trevor123698 says: Jul 28, 2013 8:45 PM

    he should have just went to camp dogged it and got cut for 200 g’s

  5. uwsptke says: Jul 28, 2013 8:50 PM

    Or he failed a drug test and wanted to save himself some embarrassment.

  6. filthymcnasty1 says: Jul 28, 2013 9:41 PM

    Is anyone surprised? It’s worth every bit of $285K not to have to play for the hapless, tasteless Bears.

  7. whatjusthapped says: Jul 28, 2013 10:10 PM

    Maybe to avoid being seeing in a Bear’s uniform was worth the money. Pride does have its price.

  8. larryboodry says: Jul 28, 2013 10:31 PM

    Classy move by Ellis…How much did Johnny Jolly cost the Packers when he chose jail over playing for them?

  9. theoriginalbvan says: Jul 28, 2013 11:04 PM

    This dude could possibly be Packer People!

  10. daaabears says: Jul 28, 2013 11:16 PM

    Hope he’s hard of hearing.

  11. hyzers says: Jul 28, 2013 11:28 PM

    Too bad they cut Israel Idonije!

    Well, not for the Lions! Thanks, Bears!

  12. igocommando says: Jul 29, 2013 12:03 AM

    Dang, I thought those 2 knuckleheads “filthymcnasty” and “whatjusthapped” only trolled their division superior Viking articles.

  13. saintsfan1111 says: Jul 29, 2013 12:06 AM

    He tanked it in New Orleans.

    Has a great car collection though.

  14. filthymcnasty1smom says: Jul 29, 2013 12:06 AM

    Classy move. Too bad Erin Rodgers can’t show the same class in GB by paying up after opening up his yapper about Braun. Ended up looking like a fool with his pants on the ground just like his predecessor Officer Brett Farva…

  15. williambrasky says: Jul 29, 2013 1:29 AM

    Ellis should send about 20 mill back to the saints for his absent play.

  16. chi01town says: Jul 29, 2013 1:36 AM

    Packers fans should be worried about the fact that Green bay Dont have a # 1 WR and they dont have a next man up. that O-line is shot and again NO NEXT MAN UP. and Rodgers has made a fool out of his self every since he got that contract. and why is he looking in Ryan Braun’s eyes?

  17. Indybear says: Jul 29, 2013 6:27 AM

    It’s odd that he would wait until the first day of camp to announce his retirement, which put the team in a difficult position right out of the gate. He should have repaid the money…..plus interest.

  18. louisianapacker says: Jul 29, 2013 7:58 AM

    Jolly cost Green Bay nothing. He had been offered a first round tender as a restricted free agent and had not signed the tender.

  19. chi01town says: Jul 29, 2013 9:31 AM

    @filthymcnasty1
    Dont get me started on Johnny purple drank Jolly! or mabe I will
    go after Rodgers first. Lets see first he turns down a date with Miss America. Now he’s all over the internet talking about looking into Ryan Braun’s eyes and Braun lien to him. ( this sounds like a marrage ). then gambling and losing beats that he has no intentions of paying. and did I mention throwing his WR’s under a bus talking about Jennings and Driver being gone. be quiet packers fans cause right now the mold on that cheese is growing

  20. larryboodry says: Jul 29, 2013 2:03 PM

    @louisianapacker:

    Can you say distraction?

  21. larryboodry says: Jul 29, 2013 2:10 PM

    All trash-talk aside, the Bears lucked out by having Ellis prove to be a class act, while GB lucked out by having Jolly prove to be a goof who got his butt arrested at the right time, before signing his tender.

    Go Bears!

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