Bears sign DE Austen Lane

The Bears signed defensive end Austen Lane, his agent Scott Smith announced via Twitter on Monday.

Lane reunites with Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, who was his coordinator in Jacksonville when Lane played there from 2010-12.

With the Jaguars, Lane appeared in 28 games with 17 starts, recording 66 tackles and three sacks.

The Jaguars cut Lane last June. He wrote about that experience for The MMQB, and again chronicled what happened after the Chiefs cut him following training camp. Lane did appear in two games for the Lions in the 2013 season before being cut on Nov. 27.

Lane was born in Evanston, but played his high school football in Iola, Wisc. The 26-year old, 6-6, 265-pounder joins a Bears defensive line that is about to see Corey Wootton, Henry Melton, Jeremiah Ratliff and Nate Collins hit free agency.

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