Bears sign CB Alan Ball to 1-year deal

The Chicago Bears have inked eight-year veteran cornerback Alan Ball to a one-year contract.

The Chicago Bears today signed Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Alan Ball to a one-year contract.

Ball (6-2, 197) has played for three different teams during his eight-year career: Dallas Cowboys (2007-2011), Houston Texans (2012) and Jacksonville Jaguars (2013-2014). For his career, he has 178 tackles, six interceptions, 34 pass breakups, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

In 2014, Ball started seven games for the Jaguars, recording 22 tackles, one interception, three pass breakups and one tackle for a loss. He missed the final nine contests of 2014 due to a biceps injury.

As we wrote yesterday, the Bears are thin at cornerback. With Ball, the club gets an established veteran with ideal size for the boundary corner position. In addition to his coverage ability, Ball is a very good tackler.

Ball has dealt with significant injuries in two of his past three seasons. He played all 16 games in 2013 and was graded a Top 20 coverage player at his position by Pro Football Focus.

Ball, a former seventh-round pick out of Illinois in 2007, turns 30 on Sunday.

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