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Bears add former Illinois CB Alan Ball

Bears add former Illinois CB Alan Ball

Alan Ball turns 30 this month but the new Bears cornerback feels like he’s still ascending. The former Illinois product signed a one-year contract with the team Friday and is expected to compete for playing time on the outside in the new defense after starting the last two seasons for the Jaguars. Of his 43 career starts, 22 have come in the last two years for the seventh-round draft pick of the Cowboys in 2007. “I have taken a long road to get where I am,” Ball said. “I learned a lot and the more you learn, the more pieces you can put together. I’ve been blessed to stay around and find my niche. The last two years with the coaching staff and the scheme...

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