The Chicago Bears have signed former San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald.
Aaron Leming of BearReport.com 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.
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.
What is life without second chances?— Kyle (@Ky1eLong) March 24, 2015
If yall don't like second chances I can go back to folding t shirts and sticking the shoe room at the surf shop lol— Kyle (@Ky1eLong) March 24, 2015
Ray is a hell of a FOOTBALL PLAYER and I'm sure when he gets around this group of guys he will be dialed in on and off the field. WELCOME— Kyle (@Ky1eLong) March 24, 2015
In 14 games last season, McDonald had 39 combined tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble.
- Paul Palladino