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Bears sign DT Okoye to one year deal

The Sports Network

9/3/2012 1:03:58 PM

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears have signed defensive tackle Amobi Okoye to a one-year contract and waived DT Brian Price.

Okoye, the 10th overall pick by the Texans in 2007's draft, played for the Bears last season and had four sacks. He signed a one-year, $2 million contract with Tampa Bay during the off-season, had arthroscopic knee surgery in June and reached an injury settlement Friday.

The Bears had acquired Price from Tampa Bay in July for a 2013 draft pick. But he struggled coming off a leg injury and sustained a head injury in the final preseason game -- the latest blow for a player who's had a rough time.

Two brothers were killed in shootings in Los Angeles while he was growing up. His sister died in a car accident in May, and he and his wife decided to adopt her children. There were also reports of a fight with rookie safety Mark Barron -- a first-round pick this year -- in a team meeting room, an altercation that occurred a few weeks after Price was hospitalized for several days for mental and physical exhaustion following his sister's death.

A second-round pick in 2010, Price, 23, played in 20 games with the Bucs, producing 27 tackles and three sacks.