The Bears made a free-agent move on Wednesday afternoon, signing veteran defensive end Turk McBride to a one-year deal:
LM: #Bears have signed free-agent defensive end Turk McBride to a one-year contract.There's no details yet on the money involved in the deal, but it's likely for the minimum (or not much more than that).
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) March 20, 2013
The 6'2", 278-pound defensive end was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the second round of the 2007 draft. He played two seasons for them, before playing with the Detroit Lions in the 2009 and 2010 seasons, and most recently the New Orleans Saints in the 2011 and 2012 seasons. However, he was active for just 15 games (starting two) over those two seasons with the Saints, and had just six tackles with no sacks in 2012. His most productive season was in 201 with the Lions, when he played in 15 games (eight starts), had 33 tackles, five sacks, and three forced fumbles.
McBride, who turns 28 in May, joins Julius Peppers, Corey Wootton, and Shea McClellin as defensive ends on the Bears' roster. McBride would almost certainly be fourth in line among those players in playing time.
Veteran Israel Idonije is still a free agent, and McBride now gives the Bears insurance if Idonije were to sign somewhere else. Additionally, it now gives the Bears some leverage in negotiations with Idonije, as they'll say they're okay to move on without him and can potentially get him to sign on the cheap.
But I don't think the McBride deal really lessens the Bears' interest in Idonije, as Idonije is certainly the better player and offers great versatility; he slides to the inside frequently on passing downs and has been a quality special teams player over the years.
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