The Chicago Bears, looking to fill a void on the defensive line left by the sudden retirement of Sedrick Ellis, signed defensive end Jamaal Anderson to a one-year contract, the team announced Friday.
Anderson, the No. 8 overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft by Atlanta, played with the Falcons for four seasons and was considered a disappointment, posting only 4 1/2 sacks and never developing into the pass-rushing threat oppposite John Abraham that the team envisioned.
Anderson left the Falcons to sign with Indianapolis as a free agent in 2011 and had three sacks and 24 tackles for the Colts. He then moved on to the Cincinnati Bengals, signing a two-year, $5.5 million contract in 2012. But a torn quadriceps limited Anderson to two games last season and the Bengals released the 27-year-old on July 10.
Ellis, a former first-round pick by the New Orleans Saints, announced on Thursday that he was retiring.