NFL Trade Rumors: Green Bay Packers claims defensive tackle Ego Ferguson after Bears release him

By Menahem Zen / 2017.04.04
Defensive tackle Ego Ferguson in his rookie years at Halas Hall on May 18, 2014 in Lake Forest, Illinois.

Green Bay Packers claimed Ego Ferguson within three days after Chicago Bears waived the defensive tackle on Friday, March 31. The 6'2" and 300 pounds defensive lineman will now wear dark green and gold color of the Packers.

The Packers announced Monday, April 3 of Ferguson joining the team via waivers as reported by the NFL transaction wire. The Packers quickly acquire the 25-year-old player in three days after Chicago Bears waived him on Friday.

Ferguson joined the Bears after he was selected in the second round of 2014 NFL Draft as the 51st overall pick. He signed four-year and $4.1 million contract with $1.9 million guaranteed on Jan. 3, 2014. After his first good rookie season, he began the second season with a series of unfortunate event, which continue throughout his career. In October 2015, Ferguson suffered a knee injury that deterred him from continuing his good performance in his first season.

He missed 12 games during the 2015 season due after suffered a patellar tendon injury in his knee. A month after suffering knee injury, he was suspended for violating NFL rule in regard of his usage of performance enhancing drugs in November. As he prepared to return to the game, he suffered a devastating shoulder injury in the preseason game. His injury required a surgery that ended his 2016 season short.

During his stint in Chicago Bears, he only played 20 games in two seasons. He tallied total 27 tackles, consist of 13 unassisted and 14 assisted tackles. After three disappointing seasons in Chicago, Ferguson was waived as reported by New Orleans The Times-Picayune.

Ferguson played his college football in the LSU. In his freshman year in the Tigers, the coach redshirted him. He later became the main player in the right defensive tackle position in his junior year. In 2014, he decided to enter NFL draft and announcing his eligibility. Watch the press conference with Ferguson regarding his defensive play from the Chicago Bears official channel below:

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