2013 Free Agency: Chicago Bears Agree To Terms With Offensive Tackle Jermon Bushrod

The Bears are doing what they can to protect quarterback, Jay Cutler this offseason. In an effort to bolster their offensive line, the Bears have signed high-profile offensive tackle, Jermon Bushrod. He was formerly of the New Orleans Saints, who have had their front line ravaged over the past two seasons in free agency with his and Carl Nicks' departures.

The deal's terms haven't been released yet, but it likely will be a good barometer for the contract for Andre Smith. Early reports say it's a five-year deal. Bushrod's contract marks the second highly-regarded tackle off of the market, along with Phil Loadholt with the Vikings. Jake Long is getting some attention from teams, as is Eric Winston, but the market is a little quiet with the Bengals' tackle.

Pro Football Focus rated Bushrod as the league's 44th best pass protector last year, potentiall pegging him as a bit overrated because of the system he played in. Still, the Bears need major offensive line help and Bushrod is a nice addition.

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