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Friday, February 27, 2009
Bears, Omiyale agree on deal

By John Clayton

With offensive tackle John Tait contemplating his retirement, the Chicago Bears moved quickly in the first hours of free agency and reached a deal with Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Frank Omiyale

The deal, according to a source, is for four years, $14 million.

In his four years in the NFL, Omiyale, 26, has only started one game. He spent two years in Atlanta and two years in Carolina.

The 6-4, 310-pound tackle played 10 games for the Panthers last year.

Omiyale was a fifth-round selection of the Falcons in the 2005 draft.

John Clayton is a senior NFL writer for