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Chicago Bears sign OL Mike Adams and waive OL Nick Becton

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The Chicago Bears have made a move to strengthen the depth of their offensive line by adding veteran offensive tackle Mike Adams, formerly of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Adams (6’7”, 323) has appeared in 41 games, with 20 starts, from 2012-2014. He missed all of the 2015 season after having back surgery.

The Steelers cut him in May after he failed their physical, so his health is something the Bears will monitor.

He was the 56th player taken in the 2012 NFL Draft out of Ohio State. Some scouts had him pegged with a 1st round grade, but suspensions for violating team rules in college and a positive drug test caused him to slip.

The Bears waived Nick Becton to make room for Adams. Becton was listed as the #2 left tackle on the teams unofficial depth chart and was expected to be their primary swing tackle. If Adams makes it through preseason healthy, I would imagine that would be his role, as he does have NFL experience at both the left and the right side.