LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- The Bears are bringing an intriguing addition to their defensive front, signing defensive end Taco Charlton to the active roster.
Charlton, 28, was a first-round pick of the Cowboys in the 2017 NFL Draft, when Chicago head coach Matt Eberflus was on Dallas’ defensive staff. He played two seasons for the Cowboys (2017-’18) and then one with the Dolphins (2019), Chiefs (2020) and Steelers (2021). Charlton was claimed by the Bears off the Saints’ practice squad.
Charlton was in Kansas City during the 2020 campaign, when current Bears general manager Ryan Poles was part of the Chiefs’ front office.
“We’re excited to have him,” Eberflus said. “We’re excited to see where it can go. He’s going to be in there for depth for us, a rotational player inside. We’ll see where it goes from there.”
Charlton has 11.5 sacks over five NFL seasons. His most productive campaign came in 2019, when he posted five sacks with the Dolphins.
The Bears waived defensive lineman Kingsley Jonathan in a corresponding roster move.
The Bears (3-7) visit the Falcons (4-6) on Sunday in Atlanta.
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