The Chicago Bears agreed to terms with former Saints DT Sedrick Ellis on a one-year contract Tuesday afternoon. The seventh overall draft selection in 2008, billed as a pass-rushing three-technique, Ellis has been far and away one of the bigger busts of the ‘08 class, with a total of just 12.5 sacks through five seasons.
The Saints switched to a 3-4 defense this offseason, signaling the end for Ellis, who is indeed a better fit in the Bears’ 4-3. After initial interest from the Cardinals and interviews with the Lions and Patriots, the 27 year-old veteran signed with Chicago as a potential rotational player.
A pass rusher he is not, but Ellis grades out about average in run defense, and he’s never really been a pure liability. The reality is that teams like to take chances on guys like Ellis, but the Bears are likely not counting on him starting anytime soon, if even cracking the final roster.
Folks have asked if the singing of Ellis does indeed put the final nail in Israel Idonije’s coffin, but I would honestly say that the two aren’t related. It’s likely that the Bears would welcome Idonije back on a one-year deal in 2013, but only at a reduced rate, if not the veteran minimum.
Idonije has played well as of late, but the 32 year-old tackle is not in high demand on the open market, and he may be happy to play the waiting game for now. Once teams report to training camp and bodies get tested, Idonije could find himself a home somewhere in 2013, and while there are no indications that home will be Chicago, there is no reason to rule it out because of Sedrick Ellis.
Here are the stats on Ellis:
- 6-1, 307-pounds
- Started all 70 games played over five seasons (2008-12) in New Orleans
- Recorded 174 tackles (99 solo), 12.5 sacks, 13 pass break ups, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery during his time with Saints
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