The Chicago Bears terminated the contract of Jeremiah Ratliff after Ratliff got into a heated conversation with GM Ryan Pace. An interesting move for the Bears because about 7 weeks earlier defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said Ratliff was his best defensive lineman. Ratliff was activated from the NFL suspension list 2 weeks ago but did not play in week 4 despite practicing 3 days in a row. Ratliff had previously had suffered an ankle injury in the preseason but probably was healthy enough to play given he practiced all week. The Bears made him inactive. The Bears signed Ratliff to an incentive laden contract after signing him off the street after he was cut by Dallas. The contract was based on playing time, tackles and sacks. It is hard to contribute when you are not active for the roster on Sundays. Ratliff was active last week for the Lions game but at one point suffered a leg injury and did not play nearly enough for starting defensive lineman despite nose tackle Ego Ferguson being placed on IR earlier in the week. Ratliff has had a rocky 2015 season. He was suspended for the first three games and has been battling with an ankle injury throughout the year. Ratliff has been with the Bears since 2013.
The Bears signed DL Ziggy Hood to replaced Ratliff. Hood was drafted by the Steelers in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft and was with the team until 2013. He signed with the Jaguars last season and tallied 24 tackles and one sack. He was released by the Jaguars on Tuesday.
We have no idea what happened between Ratliff and Pace other than Lake Forest police department had to be stationed at Halas Hall all afternoon after the police escorted Ratliff from the team premises. GM Ryan Pace released this statment in cutting DL Jeremiah Ratliff: “We felt moving forward without Jeremiah was in the best interest of our team.” Losing a four-time Pro Bowler is never easy but I guess the Bears are hoping steadiness in the locker will outweigh anything he does on the field.