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Houston Texans' Matt Schaub throws while being rushed by Oakland Raiders' Lamarr Houston (99) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- The Chicago Bears agreed to a five-year contract with former Oakland Raiders defensive end Lamarr Houston on Tuesday.

They also agreed to a two-year contract with former Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants safety Ryan Mundy and one-year deals with linebackers Jordan Senn and D.J. Williams as they try to shore up a defense that got shredded by injuries and ranked among the league's worst last season.

Chicago allowed a league-high 5.3 yards per carry - half a yard more than any other team - and tied Jacksonville for an NFL-worst with 31 sacks.

Houston started all 16 games last season for Oakland and was one of the few playmakers on a 4-12 team. He led the Raiders with a career-high six sacks and recorded 16 in four seasons with them.

Mundy made a career-high nine starts with the Giants last season after spending his first four with Pittsburgh. He had 70 tackles and a 91-yard interception return along with two pass breakups and a fumble recovery. He also had seven special teams stops.

Senn has appeared in 83 games with seven starts over six seasons with Indianapolis (2008-09) and Carolina (2009-13). He was primarily a special-teams player last season.

Williams appeared in six games and made four starts at middle linebacker last season after signing a one-year deal with Chicago. A ruptured pectoral muscle tendon cut short his season, one of several big blows on a defense that lost starters Lance Briggs, Charles Tillman, and Henry Melton for big chunks of the season. Nickel back Kelvin Hayden and defensive tackle Nate Collins also suffered season-ending injuries.

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