Jay Ratliff's free agency tour is officially over. After making trips to Miami, Kansas City and Chicago, the former Cowboys defensive tackle has decided to sign a one-year deal with the Bears, according to ESPN.com. Ratliff was also contacted by the Bengals after Cincinnati lost starting defensive tackle Geno Atkins to a torn ACL on Thursday.
Ratliff only played in six games in 2012 before suffering a groin injury that kept him out the rest of the season. The four-time Pro Bowler had hernia surgery in the offseason, then suffered a hamstring injury in training camp that led the Cowboys to put him on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.
The Cowboys wanted to activate Ratliff from the PUP list after Week 6, but the nine-year veteran failed his physical, so Dallas released him.
It was originally believed that Ratliff would miss the entire 2013 season with his assortment of injuries, but now he could be playing as soon as December, if not sooner. If Ratliff does return in December, he'll get a chance to face his former team. The Bears host the Cowboys in a Monday night game on Dec. 9.