Bears sign ex-Jaguars DT Collins

May, 23, 2012
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears announced the signing Wednesday of defensive tackle Nate Collins to a one-year contract.

Financial terms weren’t immediately disclosed.

A two-year veteran, Collins played in 13 games over the last two seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars after coming into the league as an undrafted free agent in 2010 with the New York Giants. A former standout at the University of Virginia, Collins posted 10 tackles and half a sack to go with a fumble recovery and one pass breakup.

Collins seemed to be a promising young player for Jacksonville, but the Jaguars rescinded an exclusive-rights free agent tender offer in March to the defensive tackle less than a month after a Virginia state trooper arrested and charged him with possession of marijuana.

Collins was set to appear in court on that charge on April 19.

With the signing of Collins, the club’s current roster now sits at the 90-man limit.

Michael C. Wright

ESPN Chicago Bears reporter

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