Chicago Bears Make Ratliff Official, Sign Long Snapper

Jay Ratliff. (Tony Gutierrez/AP)

Jay Ratliff. (Tony Gutierrez/AP)

The  Chicago Bears were in need of some reserves to help an injury hampered unit Wednesday, and they do so by signing defensive tackle Jay Ratliff.

In addition to making the signing of Ratiff  official, who agreed to a new deal last weekend, the Bears have  announced that they have come to agreements with long snapper Jeremy Cain.

Longtime long snapper Patrick Mannelly, who has played in more games than any Bear, left Lambeau Field Monday night in a walking boot because of a calf injury. He finished the game, but adding Cain provides some insurance.

According to John Mullin of CSNChicago.com, Bears coach Marc Trestman said Mannelly could miss a few weeks.

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Chicago Bears Sign Jay Ratliff

Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jay Ratliff (90) reacts on the sideline after a turnover during the second quarter of the NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010. (AP Photo/Mike Fuentes)

Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jay Ratliff (90) reacts on the sideline after a turnover during the second quarter of the NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010. (AP Photo/Mike Fuentes)

The Bears are looking for any and all help on defense, they might just have found a nice replacement for defensive tackle.

Incomes, Jay Ratliff, released by the Cowboys last month, and looks to show the Bears what he can do as he fills in for fellow defensive tackle, Henry Melton, who is out with a season ending injury.

Ratliff is a four-time Pro Bowler, and has agreed to a one-year contract with the Bears, according to Ed Werder of ESPN.

The Bears were one of three teams that were interested in the service of Ratliff, along with the Chiefs and the Dolphins, who also appeared to have strong interest. The Bengals made a late run at him as well, after losing their defensive tackle, Geno Atkins for the season on Thursday nght.

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