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A former seventh overall pick for New Orleans in 2008, Sedrick Ellis signed with the Chicago Bears early last week after five mediocre seasons with the Saints.
Ellis' first three seasons with the Saints saw him net 12 total sacks, culminating with a career-high six during the 2010 season. He played in all but one game between 2011 and 2012 and finished with just a half sack and 22 combined tackles.
He comes to Chicago with the hope of helping to solidify a defensive tackle position that, outside of Henry Melton and Stephen Paea, lacks depth and explosiveness.
While not able to participate in the Bears' mandatory veteran's minicamp last week, he did tell reporters:
I’m almost guaranteeing that [my production] will [increase] because this is the style of defense that caters to defensive linemen getting up the field and playing fast, which is what I got drafted for in , and the last couple years I haven’t been able to do that as much. Now I’ll have my chance.
Expect Ellis to compete with Nate Collins as the backup to Henry Melton at the three-technique, and he should help provide depth to a position that sorely needs it.