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Bears re-signed DT Jay Ratliff to a two-year contract.

Ratliff and the Bears started negotiating a new deal at the Combine. The Bears signed the 32-year-old off the street in November. He appeared in five games, starting four, and recorded nine tackles and 1.5 sacks. The Bears need to keep upgrading the defensive line. Ideally, Ratliff would be part of a rotation.

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Free agent DT Jay Ratliff's player rep met with the Bears on Friday.

Ratliff signed for the veteran minimum in Week 8 and appeared in five games down the stretch, making four starts. He's expressed interest in returning with the team, and could be re-signed with the Bears lacking depth at defensive tackle. Chicago has also shown interest in bringing back free agent CB Kelvin Hayden.

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Bears declared DT Jay Ratliff, QB Jay Cutler, LB Lance Briggs, OT James Brown, OT Jonathan Scott, DT Stephen Paea and DE Cornelius Washington inactive for Week 12 against the Rams.

ESPN Chicago reported Saturday that Ratliff might finally be ready to make his Bears debut, but he'll wait another week. Cutler is week to week, and no better than 50-50 to return for Week 13.

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ESPN Chicago reports Bears DT Jeremiah Ratliff (groin) could make his debut in Week 13 against the Vikings.

Ratliff has already been ruled out for Week 12, but was able to practice on a limited basis Friday. He signed a one-year deal for the veteran minimum earlier this month and is finally close to being cleared for games. Ratliff will likely see significant snaps at defensive tackle when healthy enough to return.

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Bears DT Jay Ratliff is now asking people to call him "Jeremiah."

This is apparently Ratliff's attempt to turn over a new leaf after he flamed out in Dallas. The Bears signed Ratliff to a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum with small incentives. They are desperate enough on the defensive line that he'll likely get a chance to start before the season is up.

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Bears signed DT Jay Ratliff to a one-year contract.

Ratliff was released by the Cowboys last month and is still recovering from a hamstring injury and sports hernia surgery. He likely won't be able to play for another 2-4 weeks, but will serve as a much needed upgrade at defensive tackle with Henry Melton out for the season. Ratliff also drew interest from the Bengals, Dolphins, and Chiefs before deciding to sign with the Bears.

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Bengals have "reached out" to free agent DT Jay Ratliff.

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The Dolphins hosted free agent DT Jay Ratliff on Friday.

He's also visited the Chiefs and flirted with the Bears. Ratliff (hamstring) is still a few weeks away from playing. He has ties to Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland from Ireland's time in Dallas. Ratliff is a one-gap nose tackle.

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Free agent DT Jay Ratliff visited the Chiefs.

The 8-0 Chiefs are stacked up front, but Ratliff would be a nice situational piece. His hamstring is apparently far better than the Cowboys made it out to be when they released him earlier this month. The Dolphins have also been mentioned as possible suitors.

Jeremiah Ratliff DL CHI 9 Months

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins are among the teams interested in signing free agent DT Jay Ratliff.

Ratliff has ties to GM Jeff Ireland during their time in Dallas. With Paul Soliai and Randy Starks free agents after this season, it wouldn't be surprising if the Dolphins were willing to give him a multi-year deal. Ratliff has been cleared to resume football activities and could start working out for teams next week.