Bears add a nose tackle and subtract a defensive end
On the eve of Tuesday’s mandatory minicamp, the Chicago Bears parted ways with linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu, per @BearsPR. The Bears also added nose tackle Mike Pennel to the roster in Attaochu’s stead.
Attaochu played five games for the Bears in 2021 before sustaining an injury. He had 1 solo tackle for the Bears last season. Attaochu told the media he was excited about the Bears’ new scheme last week. “I get to do one job and that’s get off the ball, get in a track stance and use my athleticism,” he said.
Pennel is a familiar face for the Bears as he signed a one-year deal in June 2021. He was released two months later in August following his placement on the Bears’ injured reserved list. Pennel played in 10 games for the Atlanta Falcons in 2021. He registered 20 total tackles last season.
The move will help the Chicago Bears with the new 4-3 scheme
The Bears are in need of help at the defensive tackle position with the team moving to the 4-3 scheme this season. Pennel will add more depth along with Khyiris Tonga and Justin Jones. While it’s hard to part ways with a vet like Attaochu who was excited to play with this team, the Bears arguably have a better player on their roster with Pennel. We’ll see what new head coach Matt Eberflus can do with the seven-year veteran.
The Bears are certainly sending a message to the roster before minicamp this week. Spots are on the line. Cutting Attaochu will free the Bears cap space $2.45 million dollars, per spotrac.
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