Bears Sign FB Obafemi Ayanbadejo

Even though the Bears signed starter Jason McKie to a contract extension last year and drafted backup J.D. Runnels from Oklahoma in the sixth round, GM Jerry Angelo showed some interest in an additional fullback this offseason. With Runnels now going down because of injury, Angelo acted quickly. Obafemi Ayanbadejo, the brother of special teams star Brendon Ayanbadejo, has been added.

Per the Chicago Bears:

LAKE FOREST, IL — The Chicago Bears signed fullback Obafemi Ayanbadejo to a one-year contract today. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Ayanbadejo has spent eight seasons in the NFL, including the last three as a member of the Arizona Cardinals with 123 career carries for 513 yards and 5 TDs while adding 130 receptions for 885 yards and 3 TDs. A special teams standout, Ayanbadejo has registered 88 tackles on coverage units. Ayanbadejo will be reunited with his younger brother, Bears linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, after the two played together in 2003 for the Miami Dolphins. Obafemi entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with Minnesota in 1997, making the Vikings active roster in 1998. The former San Diego State tight end also spent three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens (1999-2001). Ayanbadejo has played in at least 14 contests in six of his eight previous NFL campaigns.

Additionally, the Bears waived injured fullback J.D. Runnels on Monday. A sixth-round draft pick (195th overall) for Chicago in 2006, Runnels appeared in two contests last season primarily as a blocking back.

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