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Bears, Lamarr Houston reach five-year deal

San Diego Chargers v Oakland Raiders

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 06: Defensive end Lamarr Houston #99 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates a tackle against the San Diego Chargers in the first quarter on October 06, 2013 at Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Raider lead 14-0 in the first quarter. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Brian Bahr

The Bears, who were expected to be big-time players for pass-rush help in free agency, have added one of the top defensive ends available in the Class of 2014.

According to Adam Schefter of, the Bears have agreed with Raiders defensive end Lamarr Houston on a five-year, $35 million contract.

Houston, 26, recorded 69 tackles and six tackles in 2013. He was the ninth-ranked free agent and third-ranked free agent on PFT’s Free Agent Hot 100.

Houston’s arrival comes as the Bears reportedly look to move 33-year-old defensive end Julius Peppers.