ESPN: DT Jay Ratliff Joining the Bears

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Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jay Ratliff has agreed to a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears, according to ESPN.

The four-time Pro-Bowler, who was cut by the Cowboys two weeks ago because of a failed physical, will help replace defensive tackles Henry Melton and Nate Collins, both of whom are out for the season.

The 32-year-old Ratliff hasn’t played since last November when he suffered a groin injury. Ratliff ended up having sports hernia surgery in December and should be ready to play in two to four weeks.

According to ESPN, Ratliff also visited the Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins and was contacted by the Cincinnati Bengals.

In his eight NFL seasons, Ratliff has 228 tackles, 27 sacks and four forced fumbles.

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