Moore Than a Backup

Although, the Bears brass is confident that Mike Green can become the teams' starting free safety there is always room for competition.

The signing of Damon Moore does put some doubt in how much Bears management believes in Green. Either way Moore will miss training camp and may not be a factor until late September or early October because of a torn knee ligament he suffered in the NFC Championship game against the Rams.

He started all 16 games for the Philadelphia and led the Eagles in takeaways with four fumble recoveries and two interceptions. He finished fifth on Philadelphia's defense with a career-high 105 tackles. Moore tallied three interceptions in three postseason contests including picking off a Jim Miller pass in the Bears 33-19 playoff loss to the Eagles.

Miller was knocked out of the game on the play, suffering a separated shoulder when Hugh Douglas lifted him off his feet and drove him into the ground. The Eagles defensive end was fined $35,000 for the incident.

Moore is the second Eagles starter the Bears signed away from Philadelphia this off-season. He joins linebacker Mike Caldwell, who inked a four-year contract with the Bears March 15.

The Eagles decided not to re-sign Moore, who was a restricted free agent. He'll have an opportunity to face his former team in Champaign on November 3.

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