Free agent NFL defensive tackle Jay Ratliff has found a new home, as he has agreed to sign with the Chicago Bears. According to ESPN's Ed Werder, Ratliff signed a one-year deal with the Bears on Saturday.

Ratliff was originally receiving interest from the Bears, Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins. Many believed the Chiefs would have been his top destination. Then the Cincinnati Bengals jumped into the race as well earlier on Saturday.

Ratliff, 32, has not played an NFL game in a year and had surgery back in December for a sports hernia. He had dealt with groin injuries throughout the 2012 NFL season, which led to his absent playing time.

Ratliff once was regarded as possibly the nose tackle in the NFL for several years. Now he will have to earn that title all over again. He has a chance to prove himself big time on Dec. 9 to the team that released him in the offseason, the Dallas Cowboys, as he looks to sack Tony Romo that day when the Bears face them.

We'll see if Ratliff ends up becoming a major asset for Chicago's defense as we enter the second half of the NFL season. 

By Josh Dhani


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