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Bears not signing defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi after failed physical

Jan 15, 2022; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi (65) picks up the fumble as Las Vegas Raiders offensive tackle Kolton Miller (74) goes for the tackle during the first quarter in an AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bears announced Friday they are not signing defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi due a failed physical.

They agreed to a three-year, $40.5 million deal earlier this week, but the former Cincinnati Bengals starter is still recovering from January foot surgery.

“As I said before, Larry Ogunjobi embodies everything we are looking for in a Bear,” Bears general manager Ryan Poles said in a statement. “He is a special person and player. During the league’s negotiating window earlier this week, we agreed to terms with him, subject to him passing a physical here. After a standard and thorough physical and medical review with Larry yesterday afternoon, our medical team deemed him to have failed his physical and therefore, unfortunately, we are not signing him today. This is difficult and it is emotional for everyone involved, but ultimately is what is in the best interest of protecting the Chicago Bears.”

Ogunjobi, 27, had a career-high seven sacks, 49 tackles and 16 quarterback hits in 16 starts in his only season with the Bengals in 2021.

The 2017 third-round draft pick has 21.5 sacks, 229 tackles and two forced fumbles in 76 games (63 starts) with the Cleveland Browns (2017-20) and Bengals.

Moving on, Chicago reportedly agreed to a two-year deal Friday with former Los Angeles Chargers defensive tackle Justin Jones.

Jones, 25, had three sacks in 11 starts last season. He has 4.5 sacks, 118 tackles and two fumble recoveries through 51 games (35 starts) with the Chargers, who drafted him in the third round in 2018.

–Field Level Media