After landing inside linebacker Danny Trevathan earlier Wednesday, the Bears agreed to a three-year deal, $18 million deal ($6.5 million guaranteed) with veteran right tackle Bobby Massie.
Reported by Adam Jahns of the Sun-Times, Massie provides the Bears with help on the right side after three-time Pro Bowler Kyle Long moved over to tackle last season. Sources say that Long will kick back to his natural right guard spot, his position in his first two seasons while third-year man Charles Leno will stay at left tackle and Massie will slide in at right tackle. The Bears could still upgrade the left tackle position in the draft if they see a fit.
A fourth-round pick by the way of Mississippi in 2012, Massie has started 46 of 54 games with the Arizona Cardinals including 30 over the last two seasons. The 6’6″, 316-pounder had been a right tackle exclusively in Arizona and, for the most part, fared well. Last season, the 26-year-old was suspended two games for violating NFL’s Policy and Program on Substances of Abuse.
For what it’s worth, Massie ranked 60th among offensive tackles by Pro Football Focus. Considering Kyle Long went onto ESPN 1000 saying his position isn’t set for this upcoming season, but it sure appears that he’ll be returning to right guard. That would be huge for the Bears as Long excelled as a top guard in both 2013 and 2014 before struggling at times at right tackle in 2015.
Kyle Long on @ESPN1000 says he has not been told where he is playing on OL, but open to either guard or tackle in light of Bobby Massie deal
— Jeff Dickerson (@DickersonESPN) March 9, 2016
Massie is an upgrade for the Bears after they had to deal with the ugly combination of Patrick Omameh and Vladimir Ducasse at right guard. Long will be even better back at guard and Massie should be solid at right tackle. For $6 million annually, the Bears got a bargain for a seasoned player who could possibly get better in due time.
Also, the chemistry between Long and Massie should be noticeable from day one as the two Virgina born players have trained together at the LeCharles Bentley O-Line Performance Academy in Scottsdale, Arizona, according to the Tribune’s Dan Wierderer. The offensive line could certainly be a strength for the Bears this upcoming season.
More news to come as free agency continues.
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