Bears sign DT Okoye, RB Barber

Posted July 30, 2011 @ 9:06 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

In what is becoming a common trend, the Bears have signed a former top draft choice released by a different team.

A day after announcing the signings of former Cowboys WR Roy Williams and former Jets DE Vernon Gholston, the team reached an agreement with DT Amobi Okoye, who was released by the Texans earlier in the week. Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune first reported the news.

Okoye, the 10th pick in the 2007 draft, never developed into a star player in Houston, registering just 11 sacks in four seasons. In 2010, he started all 16 games, ending the year with 27 tackles and three sacks.

The team also agreed to a contract with RB Marion Barber, who was recently released by Dallas.

The way we see it

Like with Gholston, there is little risk and potentially great reward for the Bears by making this move. Okoye is still only 24 and could develop under Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinell, who is known for his ability to get the most out of linemen. However, the team has a lot of players at the position, including second-round pick Stephen Paea, so it is unknown how much playing time will be available.