Bears sign CB Alan Ball


The Bears have added some depth in the secondary.

Alan Ball, a veteran cornerback who has been making the free agent rounds, signed with the Bears today.

Ball, who played his college football at Illinois, was a seventh-round pick of the Cowboys in 2007. He spent five years in Dallas, one in Houston and two in Jacksonville. Last year Ball started the first seven games of the season for the Jaguars before suffering a season-ending arm injury.

The Panthers showed a lot of interest in Ball — so much that there was an erroneous report that he had signed. Ultimately Ball left Carolina without a deal, and now he’s a Bear.

11 responses to “Bears sign CB Alan Ball

  1. Another low-risk, low cost signing by the Bears. They are really starting to figure out this thing now that they have professionals running the show in Fox and Pace. Also, he is a bigger defensive back, which means the Bears are slanting that direction (Fuller 6′, Louis-Jean 6’1, Ball 6’2) to match up with the bigger receivers in the division. Now they just have to get rid of Jennings. Knowing how badly Lovie Smith values players, they might be able to get a third rounder for him out of Tampa.

  2. Having watched him in Houston for a year, the Bears should immediately upgrade the safety position.

  3. The reason he isn’t a better cornerback is because the other defenders yell “Ball! Ball!” when the quarterback throws the football. Then Alan stops, turns around, and says, “What?”

  4. Mel Tucker came over from Jacksonville as well, so there’s that.
    I was worried about that too, but if Ball only played the last two seasons in Jax he wouldn’t have been coached by Tucker, who was already in Chicago by then.

  5. Hope they bring back Tillman. Ball’s versatility can be a plus since he can also fill in at safety.

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