Reports: Bears signing ex-49ers DT Ray McDonald

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The Chicago Bears will sign former San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.

Aaron Leming of reported Tuesday morning that the two sides were close to a deal.

McDonald played for new Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio while in San Francisco. Fangio was hired to replace Mel Tucker after the Bears finished No. 30 in yards allowed and No. 31 in scoring defense last season.

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The 49ers cut McDonald in December as he was being investigated for sexual assault. The team cited a “pattern” of behavior when he was released. In November, he was cleared following an earlier investigation into an alleged domestic violence incident at his house.

Last week, McDonald announced that he is going to sue the woman who accused him of rape.

After McDonald's signing was reported, Bears guard Kyle Long wrote a series of tweets defending his addition to the team.

In 14 games last season, McDonald had 39 combined tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble.

During the offseason, the Bears have also signed linebacker Pernell McPhee, safety Antrel Rolle and guard Vladimir Ducasse.

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