Jay Ratliff agrees to contract with Bears


The Bears are getting some help at defensive tackle.

Jay Ratliff, the four-time Pro Bowler who was released by the Cowboys last month, has agreed to a one-year contract with the Bears, according to Ed Werder of ESPN.

The Bears were one of three teams, along with the Chiefs and the Dolphins, who appeared to have strong interest in Ratliff. The Bengals also made a late run at him after losing defensive tackle Geno Atkins for the season on Thursday night.

Chicago lost its best defensive tackle, Henry Melton, to a season-ending injury. They’ll have to hope Ratliff can step in soon and make an immediate difference as they fight for a playoff spot.

45 responses to “Jay Ratliff agrees to contract with Bears

  1. He’s a thief, a liar, a crook, and old. Not a good combination. Gonna be hard for him to play when he’s being sued for stealing millions from the Cowboys for an injury he miraculously healed from the day after he refused to have a physical after coming off IR and PUP.

  2. He’ll be good for one game till he gets injured again. Oh please, please, let that 1 game be vs. Cowboys. I wanna see JJ suit up for that one.

  3. If he can plug up the middle and stop the run I’m fine with that. He’s on a 1 year deal for half the season its a low risk high reward situation I love it

  4. If the chiefs or the dolphins were that interested they would have made sure he signed before he left their tryouts. This may blow up on the bears

  5. I’m more interested in knowing about the health of Devon Still and if the Bengals feel they need DT help or not, and if so then what options are they looking at to solve that problem?

    Or maybe Marvin’s strategy for this is to just add an extra Punter since he loves doing that so much.

  6. Since the Bears play Monday at Lambeau, he has an extra day to get ready for Green Bay.

    The Pack is quaking at the prospect.

  7. Dallas now needs to file a grievance with the N.F.L. for salary cap relief for next year. He could not pass the physical and was on he unable to perform list all season, and now all of a sudden , he gets released and is healthy enough to play??

  8. I would cut block that man every chance I got if I were the bears line. Chop him at the knees and yeah I went there so all you cry babies can say who wants a man to get injured yeah I do

  9. What do they have to lose? They’ve been killed with injuries at the position, and its a one year. It’s not like they gave him a large deal, like oh say the Cowboys!

  10. fordmandalay
    Nov 2, 2013, 5:05 PM CDT
    Technically, is it really ‘help’?

    At this point, anyone with a pulse would be help for the bears defensive line. They’re so thin at DT that they’ve just been sticking their ends inside

  11. good sign even if he does nothing. just so people know the bears have been decimated by injuries on the d line playing guys cut by everyone. plus it must be priced right we have no salary cap room. what’s the worst that could happen?

  12. This signing means nothing. He is a warm body on a thin D-line. He will make zero difference in any outcome.

  13. A lot of talk in these comments so far, but the fact of the matter is that Chicago just needs somebody who has actually played defensive tackle in the NFL before. If he has half a motor and half a will to play, that’s an improvement.

    Collins & Melton on IR, Turk McBride suffered a season-ending injury in preseason/training camp, Sedrick Ellis walked away from the game and retired before the regular season began.

    Does anybody know how far you might have to go back in time to find the Chicago Bears scoring over 40 points and losing? It is a move of a desperation but Chicago is not paying a desperate price for the guy…if for no other reason than cap limitation

  14. If he plans to help the bears he better be able to throw the ball!!
    Even with cutler they got nothing
    They will be sniffing out ponder and freeman when they get cut!!

  15. Wouldn’t it be ironic if he bailed on the Cowboys and all the sudden they started playing better and made it to the superbowl… It would be poetic justice for a guy who suddenly decided he just wanted money to sit around and then was miraculously healed when he was released.

    I only hope the Cowboys can claw back past pay, paid signing bonus money, any anything else they can get back… even if it provides zero cap relief.

  16. Great move by the Bears for cheap. If he wants to succeed and have a future in the NFL this is his chance. If he doesn’t pan out the Bears essentially lose nothing.

  17. Could be a good signing, if he has anything left…Low-risk, probably low-reward. But even a healthy, potentially rejuvenated Ratliff ain’t enough to fix our suddenly porous defense.

  18. 1. Ratliff will not help the Bears. Lucky if they can get a couple games from him. Old, banged up, and off field issues.

    2. Bears will not make the playoffs. Playing without Cutler and their defense is a shadow of its former self.

  19. Signing with a sinking ship where he will get reps regardless of production and without competition for those reps , appears that this guy really wants to take the easy road.

  20. skolvikesskol says: Nov 3, 2013 9:44 AM

    “Signing with a sinking ship where he will get reps regardless of production and without competition for those reps , appears that this guy really wants to take the easy road.”

    Sinking ship? Maybe, but for us Bears fans there’s still hope to turn things around. Your ship sunk weeks ago.

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