Welcome Back, Kotter: Okoye Passes Physical, Will Sign

NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 27: Jake Locker #10 of the Tennessee Titans is sacked by Amobi Okoye #91 of the Chicago Bears during a preseason game at LP Field on August 27, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. Tennessee defeated Chicago, 14-13. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Amobi Okoye signed a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the offseason, and on Friday was released by the team. The same day, the Bears reached out and offered him a one-year deal, but he couldn't sign it until he took his physical. After a delay in his flight and taking that physical, Okoye will indeed sign his deal today.

Okoye's return adds another piece to a now-crowded defensive tackle picture, with Henry Melton, Stephen Paea, Matt Toeaina, and Brian Price, to go with the one-game-suspended Nate Collins, who does not count on the 53-man roster while he's on the suspended list.

I haven't been able to find the corresponding roster move; when it's been made, the post body will be updated.

In 2011 for the Bears, Okoye picked up four sacks in rotational duty with 18 tackles and nine assisted, providing a fairly consistent pass-rush spark when he rotated in. With Melton and Toeaina starting and Paea expected to take on more snaps as the year continues, it'll be interesting to see where Okoye picks up his snaps.

What do you think the returning Okoye will provide to the Bears?

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