The first hours of free agency always seem to be the fiercest nowadays and this year is no exception. The Chicago Bears have been their second significant addition in sign offensive tackle Bobby Massie away from the Arizona Cardinals in a multi-year deal.
The 26-year-old is entering his fifth NFL season after being selected by the Cardinals in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Ole Miss. Massie’s days in Arizona appeared to be numbered last year when the club selected Florida’s D.J. Humphries in the first round. Massie has had an up and down career. He had no business starting as a rookie but had to because of injuries, had a solid second and third year, and had another off year this past year. He was rated the 45th best Offensive tackle in 2015 by Pro Football Focus.
Shortly after signing Massie it was reported the Bears will move Kyle Long back to guard. It makes sense. Massey will probably fare just as good as Long did at right tackle last year and moving Long inside will instantly upgrade the interior. Having Long and Matt Slauson surrounding C Hronnis Grasu will only make the Bears stronger.
In other news so far today the Bears have decided to keep 2 of their own free agents resigning RB Jacquizz Rodgers and backup OL Nick Becton.