From the Bears press release:
The Chicago Bears signed DE Charles Grant to a one-year contract and terminate the contract of vested veteran DE Mark Anderson. Terms of Grant’s deal were not disclosed.
Grant was originally selected by the New Orleans Saints in the first round (25th overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft. In eight seasons with the Saints, Grant registered 505 tackles and 47 sacks in 118 career games (106 starts). Grant added 14 forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, one interception and 24 passes defensed.
CSN Chicago’s John Mullin adds some analysis:
Mark Anderson was sent packing despite having his best game of the season, with three solo tackles against the New York Giants. In his place the Bears signed veteran Charles Grant, a first-round pick in the 2002 draft by the New Orleans Saints, the team that signed Brown prior to this season.
Anderson’s expendability was becoming all too evident as Israel Idonije started the past three games at left defensive end, the position that was all but handed to Anderson after Brown’s release. He was credited with four quarterback pressures against Green Bay but was a virtual non-factor on a defensive line that has failed to achieve any sort of hoped-for dominance.
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