Former Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff was released from the team earlier in the season, but he wasn’t out of work long. The Chicago Bears, who had been searching for defensive line help, decided to give Ratliff a one-year deal worth the league’s veteran minimum, with no guarantees or incentives.
This is basically “prove it” money for Ratliff, as he attempts to get healthy and work his way towards the team’s starting line up.
With a new team and a fresh start, Ratliff has also asked teammates to make a change with his name.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Ratliff prefers that he be called “Jeremiah” moving forward, instead of the nickname Jay that he has been known as throughout his pro career.
No matter what his name is, he will need to put in some work to get healthy enough to get back on to the field and prove to the Bears that he is worth much more than what he will be making over the final eight weeks of the season.