The Chicago Bears added three players along their defensive line after holding tryouts at Halas Hall on Thursday. DT John McCargo, DT DeMario Pressley and DE Cheta Ozougwu all singed one-year deals with the club. Terms were not disclosed.
McCargo (28) was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the first-round (26th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft with a pick they obtained from the Bears in exchange for choices in the second and third rounds (42nd and 73rd overall), which ultimately turned into safety Danieal Manning and defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek.
But while McCargo was chosen in round-one, many in 2006 thought the Bills had reached to select him where they did. Scouts across the country had McCargo going in the late second and even third round of the Draft.
A bust by most standards (although probably not fair a term), McCargo played just one full season in Buffalo, while lasting on the roster through five. His most productive year came five seasons ago when he accumulated 2.5 sacks and 29 tackles. He’s played just 16 games through his last three years in the League.
He was on the Buccaneers roster prior to being cut this offseason.
Pressley (26) was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the fifth-round (144th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played just one season in in New Orleans (seven games during the 2009 Super Bowl run—and yes, he technically has a Super Bowl ring) before his eventual release.
He bounced through teams in 2010 and 2011 (Colts and Broncos) before landing with the Carolina Panthers. He spent the majority of the 2011 season on Carolina’s practice squad before injury forced a promotion. He played one game for the Panthers, accruing five tackles. He was released by the club this off-season.
Pressley is a big body at 6’ 3”, 301 lbs. but little else by all accounts. He is, however, considered to be a three-technique position player but will struggle to make this rotation.
Ozougwa (23) was drafted by the Houston Texans in the seventh-round (254th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft, making him the final player chosen, and bestowing upon him the title of Mr. Irrelevant. He’s yet to play a single regular season game in the NFL and was recently waived by the Texans.
Ozougwu isn’t considered to be a great athlete, but I’m told he’s a smart player with a good understanding of the game. While he practiced at outside linebacker in Houston, he played defensive end in a 4-3 at Rice during his college career. The Bears will see if he can earn a roster spot doing just that.
While none of these moves may satiate the ever-hungry appetite of Bears fans, it’s important to understand that the impact-type off-season moves have been made. Most of the transactions from this point forward should likely be depth/competition/development.
Chicago Bears Huddle has also learned that University of Massachusetts undrafted free agent LB Tyler Holmes and Wisconsin undrafted free agent QB Matt Blanchard were among the attendees at the Thursday tryout.
McCargo and Pressley will compete at DT this summer along-side Henry Melton, Matt Toeaina, Stephen Paea, Jordan Miller, and Ronnie Cameron. Ozougwa competes to earn a roster spot among the likes of Israel Idonije, Julius Peppers, Corey Wootton, Shea McClellin, Thaddeus Gibson, and Chauncey Davis.