As training camp opens at Halas Hall, the Bears have signed former Bengals offensive tackle Riley Reiff, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Reiff’s contract is for one year and $12.5 million, with $10 million the more likely total earnings given incentives.
Update: The Bears have officially announced the move and to make room for their new players they have released offensive lineman Willie Wright and cornerback Allie Green IV.
Last seen as a member of the Bengals’ AFC-winning team, the 33-year-old Reiff has a decade of NFL experience in other locations like Detroit and Minnesota. He comes to the Bears as inarguably their most seasoned player up front.
Regardless of what happens with Reiff during the 2022 season, he should act as a measure of a good insurance. That’s because, and this is just theorizing, but given the relatively high pay in his deal — it would seem like the Bears are preparing for the event where two of Teven Jekins, Larry Borom, and Braxton Jones aren’t starters.
At the very least, wherever and however much he plays, Reiff is another sizable upgrade. Just like that, in two days, the Bears’ offensive line situation doesn’t look so terrible anymore. Training camp will undoubtedly help us learn a lot more.
Contract details here:
Riley Reiff’s contract has $3M base salary & he will receive another $4.5M if he is on field for 10% of offensive snaps and if the team improves in any of 6 offensive categories. (Don’t know the categories). Another $2.5M is tied to playing time and there is a $2M playoff bonus.— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) July 27, 2022