2013 NFL free agents: Chicago Bears sign Kyle Moore

US PRESSWIRE

Moore will be back in a 4-3 defense playing for Mel Tucker in the Windy City.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk is reporting that former Buffalo Bills defensive end Kyle Moore has signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears.

Reports from earlier this off-season indicated that the Bills were interested in bringing back the 26-year-old Moore, but with the Bills moving to a hybrid defense under new coordinator Mike Pettine, it was hard to envision more than a situational role being available to the pass rusher. That, coupled with the likely lack of a longer-term offer, may have caused Moore to look elsewhere.

Moore was a productive pass rusher for the Bills last season, recording three sacks and a slew of hurries in a mere 491 snaps defensively. He was a huge liability against the run, however, and for that reason alone he may never amount to more than a part-timer as a pro. Still, his pass-rushing productivity will need to be replaced; ideally, the team has already done that with the free agent signing of Manny Lawson.

With Moore off of the market, there are now five free agents from the Bills' 2012 roster that remain unsigned: quarterback Tyler Thigpen, fullback Corey McIntyre, wide receiver Ruvell Martin, defensive tackle Spencer Johnson and linebacker Kirk Morrison.

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