As first reported by ESPN Insider Adam Caplan last night, the Chicago Bears are indeed signing offensive lineman Ted Larsen. The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs is saying it's a one year deal.
Last year Lassen began the season with three starts at left guard for the Arizona Cardinals, then when they decided to bench right guard Jonathan Cooper, Larsen stepped in started the final 7 games on the right side, for 10 starts total in 2015. He played along side right tackle Bobby Massie in Arizona and now joins Massie in Chicago.
Throughout his six year career, the 28 year old Larsen has 57 starts in 86 appearances. he has played both sides at guard and also center. Along with newly signed Manny Ramirez, these two will provide the Bears with an upgrade of their interior offensive line depth.
Kyle Long and Matt Slauson will start at guard for the Bears, with 2nd year pro Hroniss Grasu having a good shot at winning the starting center position. The experienced Larsen and Ramirez will both push Grasu for his spot however.
What are your thoughts on the Larsen signing and on the Bears upgrading their interior?
I gave my thoughts last night on Twitter.
Manny Ramirez & Ted Larsen are a much better interior depth duo than Vlad Ducasse & Patrick Omameh. #Bears GM Ryan Pace doesn't mess around.— Lester A Wiltfong Jr (@wiltfongjr) March 31, 2016
Look for Ted Larsen to start at one of the guard spots this season for the #Bears.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) March 31, 2016
If Larsen is promised a starting job, does that mean Kyle Long is moving to left tackle? Does that mean Matt Slauson is moving to center full time? Maybe there's a trade in the works with Slauson.
So many more questions...