<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Bears&src=hash">#Bears</a> officially announce the signing of DE Austen Lane to a one-year contract.</p>— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) <a href="https://twitter.com/ZachZaidman/statuses/435514067055149057">February 17, 2014</a></blockquote>
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If you're wondering how the Chicago Bears were able to sign free agent defensive end Austen Lane on Monday, a full month before free agency is set to begin, that's because he wasn't under contract last season.
The Detroit Lions cut him in November, and he's been waiting for an opportunity since then.
His 2010 Murray State Pro Day numbers were impressive, which helped boost his draft stock. At 6'6" and 276 pounds he ran a 4.58 forty and he benched 225 pounds 24 times.
In 30 games through four NFL seasons, Lane has only three sacks. To think he's anything more than a camp body at this point would be wishful thinking.