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Bears sign Okoye, waive Price

Associated Press Modified: September 3, 2012 at 12:47 pm •  Published: September 3, 2012
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have signed defensive tackle Amobi Okoye to a one-year contract and waived DT Brian Price.

Okoye, the 10th overall pick by the Texans in 2007's draft, played for the Bears last season and had four sacks. He signed a one-year, $2 million contract with Tampa Bay during the offseason, had arthroscopic knee surgery in June and reached an injury settlement Friday.

The Bears had acquired Price from Tampa Bay in July for a 2013 draft pick. But he struggled coming off a leg injury and sustained a head injury in the final preseason game — the latest blow for a player who's had a rough time.

Two brothers were killed in shootings in Los Angeles while he was growing up. His sister died in a car accident in May, and he and his wife decided to adopt her children. There were also reports of a fight with rookie safety Mark Barron — a first-round pick this year — in a team meeting room, an altercation that occurred a few weeks after Price was hospitalized for several days for mental and physical exhaustion following his sister's death.

A second-round pick in 2010, Price, 23, played in 20 games with the Bucs, producing 27 tackles and three sacks.