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Ray McDonald signing with the Chicago Bears

The former San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle is reuniting with defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Vic Fangio departed the San Francisco 49ers this offseason, and it would appear he will be bringing along one of his former players. Former 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald is set to sign a one year deal with the Chicago Bears, according to Aaron Leming (later confirmed by Chris Mortensen).

The 49ers will get no compensation in the comp pick formula given that they released McDonald last season. McDonald had two run-ins with the law, with the latter resulting in his release by the 49ers. Neither instance resulted in charges. The first was a domestic violence arrest in August, and the second was a sexual assault allegation in December that was immediately followed by his release.

The Santa Clara police turned the case over to the DA's office but the office had not declared whether or not they would press charges. McDonald's agent said he had been told it would not happen. That was followed by a DA's office denial, and word that McDonald is suing the woman in question. At this point it seems unlikely that charges will be filed.

From a pure football perspective, McDonald adds serious depth to the Bears defensive line. McDonald was having arguably the best season of his career prior to his release. He turns 31 at the start of the upcoming season, but there is no indication he has lost a step yet. And given his prior work with Fangio, this could work out very well for both McDonald and the Bears.