2015 NFL Free Agency: The Addition Of Vladimir Ducasse Doesn't Do Much For Bears

2015 NFL Free Agency: The Addition Of Vladimir Ducasse Doesn't Do Much For Bears
Vladimir Ducasse #62 of the Minnesota Vikings blocks during an NFL game against the Atlanta Falcons at TCF Bank Stadium, on September 28, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Tom Dahlin/Getty Images)

The Bears brought in veteran offensive lineman Vladimir Ducasse into the fold on Monday, but the sixth-year pro isn’t expected to be guaranteed a roster spot next season.

Ducasse signed a one-year deal with $80,000 guaranteed, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan. The deal is likely for just over the league minimum of $795,000.

He joins outside linebacker Pernell McPhee, safety Antrel Rolle and wide receiver Eddie Royal as the fourth player signed by the Bears in free agency.

The 27-year-old Massachusetts product has made 11 starts in 63 career NFL games. He made six starts last season with the Vikings between left guard and right guard in 13 games played.

A former 2010 second-round pick by the Jets, Ducasse started four games at left guard and one game as a tight end/sixth-down lineman in 50 games in New York. He failed to hold onto starting spots and win competitions in his four seasons there.

At 6-foot-5, 325 he has the size to line up at tackle, but he hasn’t played the position since the 2011 season.

Ducasse joins a very strong Bears’ offensive line group that is led by Pro Bowl right guard Kyle Long, veteran Matt Slauson and left tackle Jermon Bushrod.

The Bears used nine different starting offensive line combinations last season as each member of the starting five including center Roberto Garza and right tackle Jordan Mills missed at least one game.

Second-year man Michael Ola is the top lineman off the bench for the Bears. He made 12 starts last season and proved his versatility by starting seven games at left guard, two at left tackle and three at right tackle.

Ducasse is competing directly with Ola and second-year Wisconsin product Ryan Groy, who made three starts late last season at left guard. If the Bears decide to use Ducasse at tackle he could also be going head-to-head with another second-year player in Charles Leno Jr.

It appears to be strictly a filler move by general manager Ryan Pace. The Haitian-born Ducasse didn’t even live in the United States until 2002 or even speak English until then. His first season of football came during his junior year at Stamford High in Massachusetts. He’s still very raw to say the least.

What are your thoughts on the addition of Ducasse to the Bears’ offensive line?

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