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Bears add two players to defensive-line mix
The Bears announced the signings of two veteran defensive linemen on Tuesday — defensive tackle Andre Fluellen and defensive end Kyle Moore.
Fluellen and Moore both signed one-year contracts with the Bears, who have now signed 11 players to one-year deals since free agency opened.
The Bears were thin at defensive line and Fluellen and Moore improve that depth and should offer competition for spots. The signings shouldn’t impact how things proceed with veteran defensive lineman Israel Idonije. The Bears are still believed to be interested in keeping Idonije, who made a $2.5 million in 2012.
General manager Phil Emery has said that he wants Idonije to return. Idonije also is on the record saying he hopes to retire a Bear. But the two sides are yet to find common ground.
Bears chairman George McCaskey was asked recently about Idonije’s chances of sticking with the Bears for 2013.
“That’s up to Izzy and his agent (Drew Rosenhaus) and Phil, [new coach] Marc [Trestman] and [chief negotiator] Cliff [Stein],” McCaskey said last week.
Meanwhile, here’s what the Bears’ announcement said about Fluellen and Moore:
The 6-2, 302-pound Fluellen has played in 56 games with six starts over five seasons with Detroit (2008-12) and Miami (2012) after being selected by the Lions in the third round (87th overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft out of Florida State. Fluellen has recorded 52 tackles, 2.5 sacks and one forced fumble in his NFL career. In 2012, he appeared in five games with one start while splitting time with Detroit and Miami recording six tackles.
The 6-6, 263-pound Moore has appeared in 31 games with 14 starts over four seasons with Tampa Bay (2009-10) and Buffalo (2011-12) after being selected by the Buccaneers in the fourth round (117th overall) in the 2009 NFL Draft out of USC.
Moore has recorded 57 tackles, three sacks and two fumble recoveries in his NFL career. In 2012, he started seven of 12 games played for the Bills recording a career-high 24 tackles and three sacks.
The Bears also signed center Taylor Boggs to a one-year contract. Boggs is an undrafted player from Humboldt State who was initially signed by the New York Jets in 2011. He is yet to appear in an NFL regular-season game.
Moore had arthroscopic knee surgery after last season, and the Bills reportedly wanted to re-sign him.