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Bears sign former All-Pro LB Alec Ogletree

The former Rams standout spent part of the 2020 season with the Jets.

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The Bears have signed linebacker Alec Ogletree, NFL Network’s Mike Garofolo reported on Wednesday. The terms of the contract have yet to be announced as of this writing.

Ogletree, who turns 30 in September, is a 9-year veteran who has 94 starts over the course of his NFL career. He is best known for his five seasons with the Rams, where he served as a starter and tallied 503 tackles in 67 games. He most notably tallied 146 tackles in 2016, being named a second-team All-Pro for his efforts.

The Rams dealt Ogletree to the Giants in 2018, with whom he spent two seasons as a starter before being released. He was signed to the Jets’ practice squad last September but was released after playing two games on the active roster the next month.

Though Ogletree isn’t quite the same player he was earlier in his career, he is still an experienced linebacker who brings depth to the Bears’ defensive unit. He also brings plenty of production in coverage, having tallied 57 pass deflections, 12 interceptions and four defensive touchdowns over the course of his career.

Ogletree and the Bears kick off the 2021 preseason in 10 days when they take on the Dolphins on Aug. 14.