The Bears were down arguably their best offensive lineman from the 2012 season after losing Lance Louis to the Miami Dolphins in Free Agency. G.M. Phil Emery made up for the loss on Friday, inking former Jets’ guard Matt Slauson to a one-year contract.
“We are excited that Matt will be a Bear,” Emery said. “He brings physical play and smarts to the offensive guard position and to the offensive line as an overall unit. His size, strength and power will allow him to challenge for either of the starting guard positions.”
Slauson (27) is a former sixth-round pick out of Nebraska and is currently listed at 6’5”, 315. He received a respectable overall +2.5 grade from Pro Football Focus (PFF), who ranked him the ninth-best free agent guard in 2013 among their top-10.
Here’s what PFF said (linked above):
Slauson is one of the Jets’ few recent picks to actually overachieve his draft position. He graded +5.1 as a pass blocker after surrendering only 14 pressures on his 436 block attempts. However, he had a sub-par year in the running game that saw him grade at -4.2 for the season. Still, he’s graded in the green in all three years as a starter and he represents a respectable option.
Slauson has started 48 of 51 games played in since being drafted in 2009. He did not allow a sack in 2012 and has helped the Jets rush for no less than 1,600 yards since becoming a full-time starter. He gives the Bears a solid option at either tackle position and helps their flexibility in the upcoming Draft.
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