ESPN's Adam Schefter was first to report that the Chicago Bears will be hosting veteran defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis tomorrow for a workout. Ellis has also visited with the the Detroit Lions and the New England Patriots.
Ellis, the former seventh overall draft pick of the New Orleans Saints in the 2008 draft, has started every game he's played during his five-year career, which includes all but one contest the past three years. He's durable and had a lot of success early in his career, picking up 6.0 sacks in 2010. Yet over the last two years, he's earned just 0.5 sacks total. Due to his lack of production, the Saints chose not to re-sign him this offseason.
This move isn't all that surprising, as the team has to find a veteran defensive tackle to compete for the No. 4 DT spot on the roster. Behind Henry Melton and Stephen Paea, and Nate Collins to a lesser extent, is a group of journeymen and rookies. It's a situation that has forced the coaching staff to slide Corey Wootton inside on passing downs, while also experimenting with 255-pound Aston Whiteside as Melton's backup.
Ellis (6-1, 307) is viewed as more of a 3-technique player than a nose tackle.
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