With their defensive line still lacking for bodies, the Green Bay Packers have moved to add another. According to ESPN's Field Yates, the team has claimed former Chicago Bears defensive lineman Ego Ferguson off of waivers.
Ferguson spent the past three seasons with the Bears, playing sparsely. After appearing in all 16 games as a rookie, a knee injury cut his 2015 campaign to just four games. He subsequently received a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy. A shoulder injury suffered during Chicago's 2016 preseason finale resulted in season-ending surgery. Following two nondescript years, the Bears decided to waive Ferguson last month.
While Ferguson carries significant health concerns, he also offers plenty of potential. A second-round pick out of LSU, Ferguson has the ability to play multiple spots along the defensive line. While his size doesn't quite fit the five-technique position in the Packers' defense, he does have the power and skill set to line up at the three-tech and nose tackle spots.
With the addition of Ferguson, the Packers have now doubled down on free-agent defensive linemen. Last month, the team signed veteran Ricky Jean Francois to a one-year deal. Green Bay could look to add more front-seven help later this month during and after the 2017 NFL Draft.
In 20 career games, Ferguson has recorded 27 tackles, three pass breakups, and two sacks. He turns 26 in September.