Bears sign three defensive linemen

Brad Biggs
May 11, 2012

The Chicago Bears are lacking some depth at defensive tackle and they didn’t find any for the position during the draft.

But the club has picked some up off the street, signing John McCargo, the former first-round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills, and DeMario Pressley to one-year deals. McCargo and Pressley were teammates at North Carolina State.

The Bears also signed Cheta Ozougwu, a seventh-round draft pick of the Houston Texans last season who was Mr. Irrelevant. Ozougwu was selected to play outside linebacker for the Texans but the Bears will try him at defensive end. He was not with a team last season after being released following training camp. Ozougwu had 11 sacks during his career at Rice.

McCargo was cut loose earlier this month by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His most productive season in the NFL was 2007 when he appeared in all 16 games for the Bills and made 29 tackles with 2 ½ sacks. He played in four games for the Buccaneers last season.

Pressley was a fifth-round pick by the New Orleans Saints in 2008 and played in seven games in the franchise’s 2009 Super Bowl season. He’s bounced around with the Colts, Broncos and appeared in one game last season with the Panthers.

All three players were selected after a large workout on Thursday at Halas Hall that also included former Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Trey Lewis.

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