A 2007 first-round pick by the Texans, Okoye was not a fit in the Texans’ new 3-4 defense and, after no team was willing to trade for him, was released earlier on Saturday.
Several suitors quickly emerged and the 24-year-old from the University of Louisville agreed to a one-year deal with the Bears, where the 6-foot-2, 302-pounder will play the three-technique spot.
Barber, 28, was released by the Cowboys in a cost-cutting move on Thursday. The 28-year-old is coming off his least productive season and was due nearly $5 million in total compensation in 2011. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Barber’s two-year contract is worth $5 million.
Barber has rushed for 4,358 yards and 47 touchdowns over the last six seasons, adding 174 receptions for 1,280 yards and six touchdowns out of the backfield.