After a month of talking with Fred Miller about a return to the the Bears, the club and the player have reached agreement.
A source close to the player said the 35-year-old offensive tackle will sign a one-year contract to serve as a backup offensive tackle and should be on the practice field this afternoon at Halas Hall.
Miller worked out for the Bears on Tuesday and after the team swung and missed in its bid to claim James Marten, a third-round pick from Dallas in 2007 who was released Saturday, off waivers on Monday, it apparently went back to Plan A and got a deal done with Miller.
He adds a veteran presence to the line where rookie seventh-round pick Kirk Barton has been serving as the swing tackle. Apparently the club determined more security was needed.
We'll check back with more details when we track them down.
UPDATED: With Miller at Halas Hall signing his contract, his agent Harold Lewis felt comfortable going on the record.
Miller signed a one-year contract for the minimum-salary benefit. That means he'll earn a little more than $781,000 this season to go along with a $40,000 signing bonus. He turned down more money from the Bucs and Ravens.
"It's an opportunity I am glad Fred did not pass up," Lewis said. "It was not about the money for him, ever. These are just days he will never forget. For players it's not so much the games as it is the time in between spent with teammates and coaches. They wanted him back and Fred wanted to return.
"They're hopeful their tackles hold up for the rest of the season and [Chris] Willams the draft pick steps in and is a solid player. Fred is an insurance policy and he's a good policy to have when you're a team spending $120 million trying to get to the Super Bowl. He's an insurance policy they will have for the rest of the year and I'm glad it worked out this way."
*** The Bears just announced rookie seventh-round pick Kirk Barton has been waived to make room for Miller.