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Bears sign G Matt Slauson to replace Lance Louis

3/29/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

The Chicago Bears continued adding to their offensive line on Friday by signing free agent guard Matt Slauson to a one-year contract.
 
 The move fills a key void on the Chicago Bears’ offensive line since they lost starter Lance Louis in free agency. Lance Louis signed with the Miami Dolphins this week.
 
"We are excited that Matt will be a Bear. He brings physical play and smarts to the offensive guard position and to the offensive line as an overall unit,” said Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery in a statement. “His size, strength and power will allow him to challenge for either of the starting guard positions."
 
The Chicago Bears are thin at guard with John Brown, who started three games as a rookie last season, and fourth-year pro Edwin Williams. Last year’s first-round pick Gabe Carimi is another option at the position. But Phil Emery could still target a guard high in the draft next month.
 
Matt Slauson joins tackle Jermon Bushrod as the two quality offensive linesman signed by the Chicago Bears this offseason, and who are expected to start at the left side of the line.
 
Others on the offensive line include veterans Robert Garza, J’Marcus Webb and Jonathan Scott. But at this point, apart from center Gaza and tackle Jermon Bushord (at left side), none of the others are entrenched at starting spots.
 
The 27-year-old Matt Slauson has been a consistent starter for the New York Jets over the past three of four seasons. However, last season Matt Slauson split time at guard with Vlad Ducasse.
 
Although the New York Jets tried to bring back Matt Slauson for 2013, the player said that the Jets couldn’t match the Bears’ offer or the “long-term security” that they were providing with the job. Prior to last season, Matt Slauson took a pay cut to remain with the New York Jets.
 
Selected out of Nebraska in the sixth-round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the New York Jets, Matt Slauson has started 48 of 51 career games.
 
Apart from Matt Slauson, the New York Jets have also lost Mike Devito, Bart Scott, Dustin Keller, Shonn Greene and LaRon Landry from last year’s squad. New York Jets guard Brandon Moore is also still an unsigned free agent. With Matt Slauson’s departure, Vlad Ducasse has a shot at starting at guard, although that could change through free agency and the draft.
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