Jay Ratliff agrees to terms with Bears

Former Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Jay Ratliff has agreed to terms with the Chicago Bears on a one-year contract, a league source confirmed.

He worked out for the Miami Dolphins on Friday and visited the Bears and Kansas City Chiefs earlier this week.

Ratliff isn't expected to be immediately available to play due to his health, but shouldn't be many weeks out.

The four-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman was released by the Cowboys two weeks ago with the team citing a failed physical.

Ratliff was eligible to be activated from the reserve-physically unable to perform list, but hasn't played in a game since last November.

The Cowboys and Ratliff clashed about the extent of his injuries, which included a sports hernia that required surgery.

There was also a strained hamstring for the 32-year-old.

Last season, Ratliff reportedly had a heated exchange with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Ratliff was arrested on a driving while intoxicated charge in January.

Ratliff was playing under a five-year, $40 million contract extension with his release causing $6.9 million in dead money for 2014.

The Cincinnati Bengals didn't bring in Ratliff after losing Pro Bowl defensive tackle Geno Atkins for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. It's believed the Bengals are looking for more immediately available reinforcements.

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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