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Bears sign Sedrick Ellis

Sedrick Ellis

New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis (98) hydrates himself before an NFL football game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)


The Bears had one free spot on their 90-man roster at the start of business on Tuesday, but they’ll close the day with a full complement of players.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Bears have signed defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis. Ellis visited with the Bears last week, part of a tour that also included stops in Detroit and New England for the seventh overall pick of the 2008 draft.

The Saints were the team that picked Ellis in that draft, but he never really lived up to the lofty draft status during his five years in New Orleans. Although he started 70 games for the Saints, Ellis turned out to be more of a solid piece than the building block he looked like he might be when he came out of college.

Solid would likely suit the Bears’ needs for an option behind Henry Melton and Stephen Paea on their depth chart at defensive tackle.