Bears, Anthony Adams agree to deal

Updated: July 29, 2011, 7:39 PM ET
By Jeff Dickerson |

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- Free agent defensive tackle Anthony Adams is back in the fold after signing a two-year deal to remain with the Bears on Friday.

Adams expressed a desire to stay in Chicago since the very onset of the offseason.

"I'm extremely happy," Adams told "It's like the draft all over again, you see everybody go and you wonder, 'Man, when is it going to be my turn?' Things began to pick up a little bit last night and we got everything finalized today."

A former second-round pick out of Penn State by the San Francisco 49ers, Adams started 16 games for the Bears in 2010 at the nose tackle spot. He finished the season with 36 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles and four tackles for a loss.

The Bears also retained the services of free agent linebacker Nick Roach, who signed a two-year deal.

Free agents can officially begin to sign contracts at 5 p.m. CT.

Jeff Dickerson covers the Bears for and ESPN 1000.

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