The Bears opened free agency by signing former Raiders defensive end Lamarr Houston to a five-year contract. According to the Chicago Tribune, the deal is worth $35 million over the five years. It has $12.9 million guaranteed, a $4.95 million signing bonus and $3 million roster bonus.
Houston, who turns 27 in June, played in all 64 games for the Raiders from 2010-13. He has 228 career tackles and 16 sacks, including a career-high six last season. He also had two forced fumbles in 2013.
According to Pro Football Focus, Houston led all 4-3 defensive ends with 54 “stops” in 2013, which is a tackle that constitutes an offensive failure. PFF also charted Houston for 41 QB Hurries and a run-defense grade of +14.9.
The Bears get Houston after missing out on a chance to sign Michael Bennett, who re-signed with the Seahawks on Monday. The Bears have yet to make a decision regarding Julius Peppers, but currently are without a starter opposite him at defensive end with Corey Wootton entering free agency.
Bears guard Kyle Long showed his excitement for the signing, tweeting, "Wrestled and trained with [Houston] last year, such a great addition to the team! He is hungry and he's got that non stop motor."