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Bears re-sign Amobi Okoye, cut Brian Price

Bears tackle Amobi Okoye (91) celebrates his sack Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan third quarter as Chicago Bears defeated AtlantFalcons 30-12

Bears tackle Amobi Okoye (91) celebrates his sack of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in the third quarter as the Chicago Bears defeated the Atlanta Falcons 30-12 in the season opener September 11, 2011 at Soldier Field. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times

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Updated: October 5, 2012 6:17AM

Defensive tackle Amobi Okoye learned a valuable lesson.

The grass isn’t always greener.

“That’s exactly what it is,” said Okoye, who re-signed with the Bears on Monday morning. “I knew what I was getting into going to Tampa, but I had to do what was best for me and my family.”

The Buccaneers made a strong push to sign Okoye, who had four sacks for the Bears last season, during free agency after hiring Greg Schiano as coach. But the honeymoon didn’t last once Okoye underwent a knee scope in June.

“I went into [training] camp a little too early,’’ Okoye said. ‘‘I should have taken a couple more weeks to get through the last stage of recovery. So I didn’t do that, and that’s what caused the inflammation.”

He appeared in the Bucs’ preseason opener but missed the last three games. That apparently frustrated Schiano.

“You can be a little cautious at times,” Schiano said of Okoye to the Tampa Bay Times. “We’ve tried to do that. But you’ve got to go out and earn a spot.”

Recently, Schiano also said that the Bucs took a risk with Okoye because of his “history with that knee.”

“It’s too bad to hear the unfortunate things he’s saying about my knee,” Okoye said. “It’s kind of unfair of him to say what he said to the media, painting a bad picture, like my knee was always bad.

“It really makes me question [his] character because while I was there, he was trying to mold us to be kind of like him. It made me question all the things he was teaching me, as far as TBA — trust, belief and accountability — his way of doing things. It’s like, ‘Wow, what type of guy is this?’ That really hurt.”

To make room for Okoye, the Bears released defensive tackle Brian Price. They gave up a seventh-round pick to get Price in July, and if he’s not claimed on waivers, the Bears would be responsible for $510,000 in guaranteed money.

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