Roster Move

When Bryan Robinson broke both of his wrists in a freak injury the Bears began to look for depth at defensive end. It didn't take the team long to find help. Keith McKenzie recently visited Halas Hall and signed a two-year deal with the team on Wednesday evening. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

It looked as if the Bears were biding their time to see who will be available following the June 1st cuts.

This Saturday is the deadline for National Football League teams to send tender to unsigned restricted free agents or to extend a qualifying offer to retain exclusive negotiating rights. It also is the earliest date that teams can release veteran players with high cap figures to take a lesser hit on this season's salary cap.

Before signing McKenzie Chicago had over $7 million in cap room, a percentage of which has to be saved for rookies.

McKenzie, a six-year NFL veteran, started six of seven games for the Browns in 2001 before suffering a season-ending ankle injury (left ankle) against the Bears in Week 7. Prior to the injury, McKenzie tallied 15 tackles (14 solo) including a two-sack performance in Cleveland's 24-14 win versus Baltimore. He was tied for second on the team with three sacks at the time of his injury.

McKenzie, a seventh-round draft pick (252nd overall) by the Green Bay Packers in the 1996 NFL Draft, played four seasons in Green Bay and posted back-to-back eight-sack seasons in his final two years as a Packer before signing with the Browns as an unrestricted free agent in 2000. In his first year at Cleveland (2000) the 6-3, 273-pounder out of Ball State established a career-best 61 tackles and posted eight sacks for the third consecutive season. In six seasons he has 142 tackles (97 solo) to go along with 29.5 sacks.


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