Safety Valve

The Chicago Bears signed safety Damon Moore to a two-year deal Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Moore, a fourth-round draft pick (128th overall) by Philadelphia in 1999, started 16 games at strong safety last season for the Eagles and led the team in takeaways with four fumble recoveries and two interceptions. He finished fifth on Philadelphia's defense with a career-high 105 tackles.

Despite signing Moore the Bears expect Mike Green to be the team's starting free safety. Still, Moore has proven to he is a postseason player.

The 5-11, 215-pounder out of Ohio State recorded an interception off Bears quarterback Jim Miller in last season's Divisional Playoff game in Chicago. A week later Moore recorded six tackles against St. Louis in the NFC Championship game before leaving that contest in the fourth quarter with a torn left anterior cruciate ligament.

The knee injury will force Moore to miss training camp and likely the first month of the season. A likely return would be late September or early October.

The three-year NFL veteran started every game for the Eagles the past two seasons and registered one start as a rookie (1999). He has played in 48 games (33 starts) in three seasons and posted 226 tackles (136 solo), one sack, five interceptions, three forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.

Moore is the fourth player the Bears have signed this off-season, who started for another team last year. The others are Chris Chandler, Keith McKenzie and Mike Caldwell.

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