The Ryan Poles free agency class got off to a bad start Friday as the Chicago Bears announced they would no longer be signing Larry Ogunjobi, the Cincinnati Bengals free agent defensive tackle, after he failed his physical.
The deal had previously been announced on Monday.
This is obviously a very tough situation for both sides and more details are sure to come out. Hopefully for Ogunjobi, who was set for his first big professional free agency deal, it’s something that he can bounce back from and earn his money.
The deal had been reported as being worth $26.35 million guaranteed and up to $40.5 million total.
Ogunjobi had been set to become the centerpiece three-technique DT in head coach Matt Eberflus’s 4-3 scheme. This is a major position in that defense and this will certainly put Chicago on the back foot heading into the draft and the second and third wave of free agency.
The announcement of the failed physical came literally minutes before new signings were scheduled to meet with the media at Halas Hall.
Ryan Poles’ entire statement can be seen below.
“As I said before, Larry Ogunjobi embodies everything we are looking for in a Bear. He is a special person and player. During the league’s negotiating window earlier this week, we agreed to terms with him, subject to him passing a physical here. After a standard and thorough physical and medical review with Larry yesterday afternoon, our medical team deemed him to have failed his physical and therefore, unfortunately, we are not signing him today. This is difficult and it is emotional for everyone involved, but ultimately is what is in the best interest of protecting the Chicago Bears.”
Stay tuned to WCG for more as it develops.