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Bears ink OL Eben Britton to one-year deal

4/17/13 in NFL   |   Mia781   |   953 respect

The Chicago Bears continued their efforts of rebuilding the offensive line this offseason by signing free agent Eben Britton to a one-year deal on Tuesday.
 
The 6-6, 308 pound Eben Britton spent the first four seasons of his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who drafted out of Arizona in the second-round of the 2009 NFL draft. But after starting 15 games in his rookie season, Eben Britton has been often hampered by injuries as he started only 15 games in the previous three years with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
 
Throughout his career, Eben Britton has never completed a full season while healthy and spent parts of the 2010 as well as 2011 season on the injured reserve. While Eben Britton predominantly remained healthy through the 2012 season, he was benched five games in favor of undrafted rookie Mike Brewster after allowing five sacks. Eben Britton missed one of those games last season due to ankle injury.
 
The 25-year-old Eben Britton has started 30 of 37 career games, 23 at right tackle and seven at right guard. But the Chicago Bears already has competition at right tackle with J’ Marcus Webb and Jonathan Scott. So, the Chicago Bears will likely be looking to add competition at the guard position.
 
Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman indicated on Tuesday that Gabe Carimi seems like a suitable fit at one of the guard spots. That leaves Eben Britton in the mix with Chris Riley, Matt Slauson and Edwin Williams for the other guard spot.
 
However, it’s still too early to start projecting the possible starting five far before the training camp begins. The Chicago Bears are making moves that aren’t high risk signings while maintaining their flexibility for the upcoming draft, as general manager Phil Emery could strengthen the position through the draft next week.
 
While Eben Britton will undoubtedly have a lot to prove in the offseason to climb up the depth chart, perhaps a change of scenery will aid him in the process.
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