The Chicago Bears on Monday signed free-agent defensive end Austen Lane, his agent tweeted, reuniting him with defensive coordinator Mel Tucker. The Bears confirmed that Lane was signed to a one-year deal.
Lane played for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2010-12, when Tucker was the defensive coordinator there. The Jaguars' fifth-round pick in 2010 has three sacks in 30 career games.
He played in two games for the Detroit Lions last November, but the Lions released him, making him available before the unrestricted free agency period begins March 11.
Lane gained some measure of fame last July when he wrote for Sports Illustrated's MMQB.com his thoughts about being released by the Jaguars and the struggle to succeed as an NFL player.