Signing McBride gives the Bears insurance at defensive end with the possible departure of Israel Idonije via free agency. Idonije's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, has been in contact with multiple teams. The Bears would like to have Idonije back at a price lower than the $2.5 million they paid him last season.
McBride (6-foot-2, 278), who turns 28 in May, entered the league as a second-round draft pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2007. He has 9 1/2 career sacks in seven NFL seasons with the Chiefs, Saints and Lions.
McBride played in seven games with the Saints last season with no starts.
Idonije hasn't altered his approach toward playing football. The veteran defensive lineman, however, has changed his outlook about where he wants to finish his career.
Last offseason, before he signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract to remain with the Bears, Idonije never imagined playing anywhere but Chicago. Now, as a 32-year-old free agent with options, Idonije's mindset is different.
"This year, I'm completely OK with it: I'm ready to go to another team," Idonije told the Tribune. "I'm ready for a new chapter, a new page.''
General manager Phil Emery expressed a desire to re-sign Idonije for a 10th season. However, the Bears apparently want Idonije for less than the salary he earned in 2012. Idonije declined to discuss any details of negotiations between his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, and the Bears.
Wednesday, the Bears hinted they are prepared to move forward without Idonije. The team signed 27-year-old defensive end Turk McBride, a former second-round pick of the Chiefs, to a one-year contract. McBride is not a high impact player, with just 9.5 career sacks in six seasons. But he is a low-cost, low risk addition to a defensive end group that includes eight-time Pro Bowler Julius Peppers, fast-rising Corey Wootton and 2012 first-round pick Shea McClellin.
"I'd like to play two or three more years," he said. "That's the commitment I gave to myself."