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Corey Wootton | Defensive Lineman

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (27) / 6/22/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 270
College: Northwestern
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Vikings agreed to terms with DL Corey Wootton, formerly of the Bears, on a one-year, $1.5 million contract.
Another $500,000 is available through incentives. Wootton is recovering from hip surgery, but expects to be 100 percent by July. Along with the signing of DT Tom Johnson, Wootton's arrival likely means the Vikings are closing the door on free agent DT Kevin Williams. Capable of playing both inside and outside, Wootton logged 862 snaps for the Bears last season. 535 came at defensive tackle, with the rest coming at end. With the Vikes remaking their line, Wootton should see time at both spots in Minnesota, but more snaps are available at tackle. Thu, Mar 20, 2014 07:53:00 PM

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Free agent DL Corey Wootton (hip surgery) said he expects to be 100 percent healthy by July.

Wootton underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum following the season. "I’m probably going to test the market and see what’s out there," Wootton said about free agency. "I’m just really excited to see what’s going on. Obviously, I would like to stay with the Bears, but I don’t know how it’s looking." Wootton isn't expected back in Chicago but should draw significant interest as a versatile lineman.
Tue, Mar 4, 2014 10:50:00 AM

NFL writer Dan Pompei believes chances are slim that the Bears re-sign DL Corey Wootton.

"At this point, I'd say 65 percent chance he's gone," Pompei tweeted. Wootton is a versatile 26-year-old lineman who can play inside and outside, so he'll have plenty of suitors. He's recovering from offseason hip surgery but is expected to make a full recovery. Wootton checks in as our No. 12 free-agent defensive end.
Tue, Feb 18, 2014 02:56:00 PM

Impending free agent DL Corey Wootton underwent arthroscopic hip surgery last week.

Wootton's operation repaired a torn labrum and "decompression of a terminal femoroacetabular impingement." A timetable hasn't been provided, but Wootton is expected to make a "full recovery." A defensive end by trade, Wootton spent the majority of his time at defensive tackle this season. He logged 862 total snaps, 535 of which came on the inside. Wootton registered 28 tackles and 3.5 sacks.
Mon, Jan 13, 2014 05:54:00 PM

Bears GM Phil Emery says the team has yet to settle on a starting left end.

Corey Wootton and Shea McClellin are the two competitors. Emery says the Bears will monitor practice this week and make a decision ahead of Sunday. Wootton seems to be the front-runner, but both players are going to see an increased role from last season. Wootton will kick inside on passing downs.
Mon, Sep 2, 2013 08:20:00 PM

The Bears listed Corey Wootton and Shea McClellin as co-starters at left end on their initial training camp depth chart.

Wootton is expected to take over Israel Idonije's old role -- starting left end but play inside at defensive tackle on passing downs. McClellin, last year's first-round pick, will get plenty of action, even if he's not a "starter."
Mon, Aug 5, 2013 06:38:00 PM

The Bears will use LE Corey Wootton in Israel Idonije's old inside-outside role on the defensive line.

Quietly a breakout player with seven sacks last season, Wootton will be the Bears' starting left end with Idonije gone to Detroit. The role consists of starting outside on early downs and kicking inside to defensive tackle in the nickel, rushing alongside Henry Melton. Wootton is an ascending player at age 26.
Fri, Jul 26, 2013 10:24:00 PM

Bears LE Corey Wootton took some snaps at defensive tackle at OTAs Tuesday.

Wootton (6-foot-6, 270) will be the starter at left end, but Chicago uses its defensive linemen all over the front. Since the team has opted not to re-sign DE Israel Idonije, who frequently kicked inside, Wootton is getting the first crack at Izzy's old position. The former fourth-round pick is entering the final year of his rookie deal. Wootton recorded eight sacks last season.
Wed, May 22, 2013 12:08:00 PM

ESPN Chicago expects DE Corey Wootton to be a starter in 2013.

Wootton entered 2012 training camp on the roster bubble after the addition of first-round pick Shea McClellin, but made major strides during the season as a rotational end behind Israel Idonjie and Julius Peppers. Wootton, who will be in a contract year in 2013, finished 2012 with seven sacks and two forced fumbles. He's ideally built to play left end at 6-foot-6 and 270 pounds.
Fri, Jan 4, 2013 05:30:00 PM

The Chicago Tribune suggests DE Corey Wootton will have to hold off Chauncey Davis and Cheta Ozougwu for a roster spot this summer.

Fully recovered from a broken hand that limited him last season, the 2010 fourth-rounder Wootton is as healthy as he's been in the NFL. Wootton has dropped his body/fat to 11 percent so he'll be able to "run all day" in training camp.
Fri, May 25, 2012 12:01:00 PM

Bears DE Corey Wootton has been declared out for Week 5 with a broken hand.

According to the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs, Wootton will be sidelined for "several" weeks. A rotational end behind starters Julius Peppers and Izzy Idonije, Wootton has been active for just one game so far this season.
Sat, Oct 8, 2011 11:26:00 AM

Bears DE Corey Wootton (knee surgery) has resumed practicing on a limited basis.

Wootton hopes to graduate to full practices next week. Nick Reed and Mario Addison will rotate in behind starters Julius Peppers and Izzy Idonije against the Falcons this week.
Thu, Sep 8, 2011 01:35:00 PM

Bears DE Corey Wootton (knee surgery) is expected to return to practice next week.

The Bears are hoping Wootton can be ready for Week 1 against the Falcons, although they can't expect him to be an immediate contributor after meniscus surgery and so much idle time. Undrafted rookie Mario Addison and swingman Amobi Okoye are currently standing in as Chicago's No. 3 defensive end.
Wed, Aug 31, 2011 09:54:00 PM

Bears DE Corey Wootton will undergo right knee surgery to repair meniscus damage sustained in the preseason opener.

He'll miss four weeks. Last year's fourth-round pick was injured on the opening kickoff Saturday night. Wootton reported to camp in peak condition and had been a "standout" in recent practices. The Bears hope to have him back by Week 1, but he's unlikely to be a factor in September. Vernon Gholston may now have a better chance to make the 53-man roster.
Sun, Aug 14, 2011 08:02:00 PM

The Sun-Times' Neil Hayes expects DE Corey Wootton to have the opportunity to make a "major contribution" this season.

Wootton came on strong late last season, earning playing time over the final four weeks and recording his only sack in Week 15. He'll be battling with Israel Idonije for snaps opposite Julius Peppers this season.
Mon, Jun 13, 2011 09:24:00 AM