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Bears add depth up front, sign defensive lineman Brent Urban

The Bears bring in a veteran free agent to try and improve their run defense.

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Brent Urban brings some more experience to the Bears’ defensive line.
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The Bears have added some depth to help replace Akiem Hicks on the defensive line, signing Brent Urban, according to his agency, CAA.

Urban, 28, was drafted in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Ravens out of Virginia. The Mississauga, Ontario native spent five seasons with the team, tallying 3.5 sacks and 52 tackles in that time frame. He also started all 16 games for Baltimore last year, in addition to starting three games in 2017.

The veteran played in four games with the Titans this year, playing on 62 defensive snaps but not posting any production. He was released from the team on Saturday.

At 6-foot-7 and 300 pounds, Urban carries impressive length and a muscular frame for the interior defensive line. He has also solid athleticism and can slide out to the 5-technique spot.

The Bears bring Urban in after allowing a 119-yard, two-touchdown performance to Latavius Murray on Sunday. Murray’s performance marked two consecutive 100-yard, two-touchdown games Chicago has allowed on the ground, giving up 123 yards to Josh Jacobs in London in Week 5.

EDIT: The corresponding move now that the signing is official has Jonathan Harris being placed on waivers.

EDIT: The Denver Broncos claimed Harris for their 53-man roster on Wednesday.