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Bears Keeping Door Open for Larry Ogunjobi Despite Failed Physical

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The Chicago Bears are keeping the door open for defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi despite his failed physical.
The Chicago Bears are keeping the door open for defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi despite his failed physical. / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

It's been an up-and-down free agency period for new Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pooles so far. His first move of the offseason was signing defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi, but a failed physical caused the deal to fall through. The door is being left open for him to join the Bears, though.

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Poles expressed how excited he was to sign the 27-year-old pass rusher and how torn up he then became when he had to break the bad news. Ogunjobi remains a free agent and Poles wants to start having conversations about bringing him in on a cheaper deal. Nothing of the sort has happened yet.

Ogunjobi is coming off a breakout season with the Cincinnati Bengals in which he posted 49 tackles (12.0 for loss) and a career-high 7.0 sacks. The Charlotte product also played in at least 15 games for the fourth straight year. That level of consistency is not seen very often in today's league.

It's worth noting that the Bears did sign DT Justin Jones shortly after Ogunjobi's failed physical. Jones is expected to serve as the three-technique in head coach Matt Eberflus' system. It doesn't rule out the idea of inking Ogunjobi to a deal simply because defensive depth has proven to be vital.

Keep an eye on any updates regarding Ogunjobi's status as NFL fans start to shift their attention to the upcoming NFL Draft. Without a first-round pick, Chicago will hope to find some value in the later rounds. The Bears have odds set at +8000 to win Super Bowl 57, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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