The Chicago Bears announced on Monday that they have signed DE Austen Lane to a one-year contract.
Originally drafted in the fifth round (153rd overall) by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2010, Lane spent three years with the team at right defensive end, playing in 28 games with 17 starts under then defensive coordinator Mel Tucker.
Since his release from the Jags in 2012, Lane spent a short preseason with the Chiefs — notching a -1.8 overall grade from the folks at Pro Football Focus — before getting cut.
The defensive end last spent time in rival-city Detroit, where he played in two games for the Lions, failing to register on the gamebook stat sheet both times.
At 6-6, 265 pounds — according to the team press release — Lane is a big body, even if his “body” of work in the NFL is lacking. He is known to be quick out of his stance, and his likely role here will be to compete as a situational pass rusher.
The 26 year-old, originally from Evanston, Illinois once wrote, “Every day I live with the fear that I’ll never get another chance. That same fear drives me to push every day. It’s now my biggest motivator.”
Well, he’ll get another chance this offseason … at home.
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