With free agency less than a week away, the Chicago Bears continue to take care of housecleaning work before the new league year starts on March 11.
The Bears made a couple of roster related moves on Wednesday. The biggest news item for the team on Wednesday is that they reached an agreement on a two-year deal with veteran defensive lineman Jeremiah Ratliff.
Ratliff signed with the Bears during the 2013 season and did not make an appearance until early December for the team. In five games with the Bears, Ratliff recorded a total of 9 tackles to go along with 1.5 sacks.
The 33-year old Ratliff, formerly known by the first name of Jay, had an impact on the Bears defensive line last season. With season-ending injuries to Nate Collins and Henry Melton and Stephen Paea being slowed by injuries, the Bears were in desperate need of defensive line help. Ratliff provided that help during the team’s final five games as he showed what a healthy, productive defensive lineman could do for a defense.
Prior to the announcement of Ratliff’s new deal on Wednesday night, the Bears announced in the morning that they released punter Adam Podlesh.
Podlesh had been with the Bears since the 2011 season and his gross punting average of 40.6 last season was the lowest in his tenure with the Bears.