The Chicago Bears have added competition to their defensive line by signing DT John DcCargo, DT DeMario Pressley and DE Cheta Ozougwu to 1-year deals. All of the deals were for the veteran minimum.
None of these players are guarantee spots on the roster, but it will surely add competition to the defensive line. That’s what every coach wants to see come training camp and spring training. Also, any of the 3 players have a good chance to make the team as the Bears are very thin on the defensive line. The Bears have to fill snaps in which Amobi Okoye and Anthony Adams played last season.
John DcCargo is 28 years old, 6’2, and 307 pounds. DcCargo was the 26th pick in the 1st round of the 2006 draft by the Buffalo Bills. DcCargo did not live up to being a 1st round pick as he only has 52 tackles, 2.5 sacks and 1 forced fumble in his career. The Bears snapped up DcCargo after he was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaners.
DeMario Pressley is 26-years 0ld, 6’3 and 301 pounds. Pressley was a 5th round pick (144th overall) of the 2008 draft by the New Orlean Saints. Pressley has not had a good career as he’s been on a lot of teams. He has played for the Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers. In his career, he has 20 tackles and no sacks.
Cheta Ozougwu is 23-years old, 6’1 and 247 pounds. He was a 7th round pick (244) in the 2011 draft by the Houston Texans. As you can see, that was last year’s draft and he did not last with the Texans. Ozougwu has never played in a regular season game before.
None of the players are eye openers, but they are a low-cost/high reward kind of deals. So … it does not hurt and let’s see what they can do.
**In hidden news, the Bears did sign 1st round pick Shea McClellin and 3rd round pick Brandon Hardin to 4-year deals. All the draft picks have been signed and did participate in rookie mini-camp.