The Bears on Thursday signed veteran defensive lineman Jamaal Anderson to a one-year contract.
The 6-6, 280-pounder has appeared in 77 games with 48 starts in six NFL seasons with the Atlanta Falcons (2007-10), Indianapolis Colts (2011) and Cincinnati Bengals (2012), registering 132 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 10 pass breakups, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
Anderson was selected by the Falcons with the eighth overall pick in the 2007 draft out of Arkansas. He started all 16 games as a rookie, recording 30 tackles but no sacks. His first career sack came on Oct. 12, 2008 against Bears quarterback Kyle Orton.
Anderson started all 44 contests he played during his first three seasons in Atlanta. But he has started only four of 33 games played the last three years with the Falcons, Colts and Bengals.
The 27-year-old compiled a career-high three sacks with the Colts in 2011, but appeared in just two games with the Bengals last year before undergoing season-ending quadriceps surgery. Anderson was released by the Bengals on July 10.
The Bears had a roster spot available after placing defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis on the reserve/retired list. Ellis had joined the team June 11, but the six-year veteran did not report to training camp, informing the Bears that he had decided to retire from the NFL.
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