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Amobi Okoye says he wanted to work with Rod Marinelli

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Amobi Okoye was the 10th overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.

But Okoye hasn't flourished, as the Houston Texans had hoped, registering just 11 sacks in four seasons, and he was released.

Okoye knew where he wanted to play next.

"There are a lot of people I know here," Okoye said. "I always wanted to work with coach Rod [Marinelli] and he wanted to work with me too so it was an exciting opportunity for me."

Okoye also said that former Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris was a "big mentor," perhaps paying homage by picking No. 91.

"Being that Chicago also wanted me to come here, it only made sense to do it," he said.

Okoye signed a one-year deal with the Bears.

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This is a good pickup for the Bears. Although he has not met expectations, this guy is NOT a bust. He hasn't played up to his draft status, but he has played, and played fairly well. He was released because he is a square peg in a round hole, which come to think of it is a fair description of Wade Phillips.

To the Bears he has not cost a high draft pick, he is a street free agent. If he just plays like he did in Texas, he will be worth it. If he finds a niche with Marinelli and shows some of his up-side on the field, he will be a steal. I don't see much down-side to this signing.

The 3-tech tackle is what?......the third or fourth maybe 5th, most important position for the Bears?

I agree with you MSBearsFan on Okoye, he has played okay for the Texans, but he was never going to be a big sack guy, He is a consisitent perfomer in stopping the run and pushing the pile on the pass rush up the middle, if he gets us 11 sacks in 4 seasons his stats will be better then Harris's were during a smiiliar time span when he was with the BEARS.

I hope this new home and defensive mind set the city has will motivate him to be a productive BEAR.

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