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Jeremiah Ratliff | Defensive Lineman | #90

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (35) / 8/29/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 303
College: Auburn
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 7 (224) / DAL
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Ex-Bears DT Jeremiah Ratliff allegedly claimed "I am the devil" and "wished staff members' children would die" upon his release last week.
Also, according to the police report obtained by TMZ Sports, Ratliff said he "felt like killing everybody in the building" and returned to the facility one time after getting his pink slip. It's pretty safe to say Ratliff, 34, won't be getting another opportunity in football. His career is likely over. Fri, Oct 30, 2015 11:02:00 AM
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The Bears released DT Jay Ratliff following a "bizarre and emotionally charged chain of events Wednesday."

According to the Chicago Tribune, Ratliff was sent home Wednesday after showing up to team headquarters "not in a condition to work." He proceeded to return twice, having an "intense vocal altercation" with GM Ryan Pace. It sounds like it could be a while before the 34-year-old lineman gets another chance.
Thu, Oct 22, 2015 11:14:00 PM

Bears released DT Jeremiah Ratliff.

Ratliff reportedly had a "heated conversation" with GM Ryan Pace on Wednesday. He was escorted out by team security. Former Steelers and Jaguars DT Ziggy Hood will take his place on the active roster. Ratliff logged eight tackles in two games for the Bears before getting the axe. Eddie Goldman did a nice job filling in while Ratliff served a three-game suspension, and will get the bulk of the snaps at nose tackle going forward. Now 34, Ratliff is at the tail end of his career.
Thu, Oct 22, 2015 04:53:00 PM

NFL suspended Bears DT Jeremiah Ratliff three games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Ratliff was placed on probation in April after pleading guilty to a DWI charge in Texas. Ratliff was listed as the starting nose tackle on the Bears' unofficial depth chart. Rookie Eddie Goldman should fill in while Ratliff is suspended.
Mon, Aug 24, 2015 12:35:00 PM

Jeremiah Ratliff could start at left end following the release of Ray McDonald.

The Bears axed McDonald last week after another domestic violence arrest. Ratliff finished sixth out of 81 qualifiers last season in PFF's defensive tackle ratings but the Bears may opt to use him on the outside. Second-round pick Eddie Goldman and Ego Ferguson are also candidates to start at left end.
Sun, May 31, 2015 11:44:00 AM

Bears DT Jeremiah Ratliff was put on probation Thursday after pleading guilty to DWI in Tarrant County, Texas.

His probation lasts one year. The ten-year NFL veteran was arrested in January 2013 after his pickup truck collided with an 18-wheeler. Ratliff's .16 blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit. He's already attended a DWI education class and performed 20 hours of community service. As of now, Ratliff has not been punished by the NFL.
Thu, Apr 30, 2015 05:58:00 PM

Bears DT Jay Ratliff (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 4 against Green Bay.

Ratliff suffered the concussion in Week 2. He'll now miss his second straight game, with rookies Will Sutton and Ego Ferguson attempting to pick up the slack. Ratliff plays "three technique" tackle in the Mel Tucker's defense.
Fri, Sep 26, 2014 02:11:00 PM

Bears DT Jay Ratliff suffered a concussion in Week 2 against the 49ers.

He'll now need to pass through the league's concussion protocol before returning to practice. Ratliff's status will be updated no later than Wednesday.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014 11:02:00 PM

Bears re-signed DT Jay Ratliff to a two-year, $4 million contract with $600,000 guaranteed.

Ratliff and the Bears started negotiating a new deal at the Combine. The Bears signed the 32-year-old off the street in November. He appeared in five games, starting four, and recorded nine tackles and 1.5 sacks. The Bears need to keep upgrading the defensive line. Ideally, Ratliff would be part of a rotation.
Wed, Mar 5, 2014 08:07:00 PM

Free agent DT Jay Ratliff's player rep met with the Bears on Friday.

Ratliff signed for the veteran minimum in Week 8 and appeared in five games down the stretch, making four starts. He's expressed interest in returning with the team, and could be re-signed with the Bears lacking depth at defensive tackle. Chicago has also shown interest in bringing back free agent CB Kelvin Hayden.
Fri, Feb 21, 2014 06:00:00 PM

Bears declared DT Jay Ratliff, QB Jay Cutler, LB Lance Briggs, OT James Brown, OT Jonathan Scott, DT Stephen Paea and DE Cornelius Washington inactive for Week 12 against the Rams.

ESPN Chicago reported Saturday that Ratliff might finally be ready to make his Bears debut, but he'll wait another week. Cutler is week to week, and no better than 50-50 to return for Week 13.
Sun, Nov 24, 2013 11:39:00 AM

ESPN Chicago reports Bears DT Jeremiah Ratliff (groin) could make his debut in Week 13 against the Vikings.

Ratliff has already been ruled out for Week 12, but was able to practice on a limited basis Friday. He signed a one-year deal for the veteran minimum earlier this month and is finally close to being cleared for games. Ratliff will likely see significant snaps at defensive tackle when healthy enough to return.
Sat, Nov 23, 2013 08:30:00 PM

Bears DT Jay Ratliff is now asking people to call him "Jeremiah."

This is apparently Ratliff's attempt to turn over a new leaf after he flamed out in Dallas. The Bears signed Ratliff to a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum with small incentives. They are desperate enough on the defensive line that he'll likely get a chance to start before the season is up.
Fri, Nov 8, 2013 09:19:00 PM

Bears signed DT Jay Ratliff to a one-year contract.

Ratliff was released by the Cowboys last month and is still recovering from a hamstring injury and sports hernia surgery. He likely won't be able to play for another 2-4 weeks, but will serve as a much needed upgrade at defensive tackle with Henry Melton out for the season. Ratliff also drew interest from the Bengals, Dolphins, and Chiefs before deciding to sign with the Bears.
Sat, Nov 2, 2013 05:20:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Bengals have "reached out" to free agent DT Jay Ratliff.

Ratliff is still a few weeks away from being ready to play as he recovers from a hamstring injury and sports hernia surgery, but Rapoport reports the "door is open" in Cincinnati. Ratliff may not be able to contribute until around Thanksgiving. The Bengals need help after losing Geno Atkins to a torn ACL. You're not going to replace Atkins, but the Bengals can sure try.
Sat, Nov 2, 2013 10:54:00 AM

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