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Breaking NFL News: Chicago Bears sign Bobby Massie, re-sign three free agents

The Chicago Bears continued to s


The Chicago Bears continued to spend and fill in the holes in their roster as they have added former Arizona Cardinals right tackle Bobby Massie today. At 26 years old Massie has plenty of playing time ahead of him and the Bears have a huge need across the offensive line after Jermon Bushrod left in free agency. But his signing also raises many questions. Last summer the Bears transitioned Pro Bowler Kyle Long from right guard out to right tackle. He performed ok there last season, but he wasn’t nearly as good at right tackle as he had been at right guard. So the issue now is how the Bears juggle their pieces. Do they move Long back inside and insert Massie at right tackle? Or do they think Massie could handle the pressures and stresses of playing left tackle in a division that features Ziggy Ansah and Everson Griffen, and leave Long at his right tackle spot? I don’t think we’ll get an answer until after the draft, but I would very reluctant to put Massie at left tackle, particularly for a quarterback who holds the ball as long as Jay Cutler does. His pass protection is still easily the worst part of his game and the switch of sides, while not seeming like a lot, can throw some players off balance. There’s a chance Kyle Long moves to left tackle but that seems like a piece of wishful thinking among Bears fans. It’s likely that they are still on the lookout for potential blind side blockers, a position that has been a problem for them. Early indications are that Long will return to guard and Massie will play right tackle, but we’ll see how it plays out after the draft. Meanwhile, the Bears have re-signed three of their own free agents. RB Jaquizz Rodgers, who was a big-time contributor to Chicago’s special teams prior to an injury, will be re-joining the team, as will veteran DB Tracey Porter, who had a later-career renaissance at the Bears last season. The third free agent to re-sign was Nick Becton, a young offensive tackle who could add some depth to the unit, though he’ll need to fight for a roster spot in training camp.

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Toby Durant

A passionate and opinionated writer, I am currently the NFL editor for RealSport. However, I also contribute to F1, WWE, Football, and other sections of the site, and I have covered the NFL International Series for RealSport and previously contributed to SB Nation.

 

I also have 10 years playing and coaching experience in American football, starting at the University of Nottingham and including a stint as defensive coordinator at Oxford Brookes University. I may be a Patriots fan but all aspects of the sport interest me, from guard play to special teams.

Breaking NFL News: Chicago Bears sign Bobby Massie, re-sign three free agents

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