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4 reasons the Bears could be a player for DT Amobi Okoye?

Titans defensive tackle Amobi Okoye was 10th overall pick 2007 NFL Draft might be Bears' radar screen.

Titans defensive tackle Amobi Okoye was the 10th overall pick of the 2007 NFL Draft and might be on the Bears' radar screen.

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Updated: August 3, 2011 3:32PM



The Houston Texans are actively shopping defensive tackle Amobi Okoye, the 10th overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.

If they can’t find a trade partner, then the Texans are expected to waive him.

His production has been a disappointment, with only 11 sacks in four seasons.

Not what you expect from a player picked so high.

So why should the Bears be interested?

Well, Okoye was heralded for his athleticism coming out of Louisville. He’s flashed that during his career, as well.

Second, the Bears have Rod Marinelli, widely considered one -- if not the best -- defensive line coach in the league. Marinelli also relishes a chance to work with young players with athleticism.

Third, Okoye’s price tag is reasonable. He enters the final year of his rookie contract, scheduled to make $2.95 million.

Fourth, he’s 24. As in 24 YEARS OLD. And he’s not turning 25 until next June.

The Bears have parted ways with former Pro Bowl defensive tackle Tommie Harris. Not that I’m comparing the two players. But, Okoye is extremely athletic for a 315-pound man.

Within the division, I’ll bet you Minnesota Vikings defensive line coach Karl Dunbar would also be intrigued. In my years of covering, Dunbar also welcomed a chance to work with young players with potential.

Why are the Texans dumping him? Well, in addition to production, Okoye is also not considered an ideal fit in Wade Phillips’ new 3-4 scheme.



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