The Chicago Bears signed four-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Jay Ratliff to a one-year deal.
Ratliff was released by the Dallas Cowboys two weeks ago after failing a physical. Chicago's interior defensive line has been hit hard with season-ending knee injuries suffered by Henry Melton and Nate Collins, and the Bears entered Sunday ranked 25th in the NFL allowing an average of 117.3 rushing yards per game.
Ratliff visited the Bears, Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins this week. He was also reportedly contacted by the Cincinnati Bengals hours after they lost defensive tackle Geno Atkins to a season-ending knee injury Thursday night.
Ratliff is reportedly two to four weeks away from being ready to play. He has been sidelined for almost a year with a groin injury that led to sports hernia surgery in December. He also faces drunk driving charges stemming from an arrest six weeks after then-Cowboys backup Josh Brent's alcohol-related crash that killed teammate Jerry Brown Jr. Ratliff's trial is scheduled for February.
Ratliff faces his former team when the Bears play the Cowboys Dec. 9.