NFL News | Latest NFL Football News | NFL.com

Around the League

Presented By

Jermon Bushrod, Bears agree to five-year contract

We know this: The Chicago Bears are hell-bent on improving their eternally shaky offensive line.

NFL.com's Albert Breer reported Tuesday the team has agreed to terms with Jermon Bushrod on a five-year contract that will pay the former New Orleans Saints left tackle roughly $35.965 million, with $17.7 million in guarantees.

Free-agent tracker

greg-jennings-130312-IL.jpg

Where will Greg Jennings wind up? Follow him and all the other NFL players on the move in our free-agent tracker. More ...

At first blush, Bushrod appears to be an immediate upgrade over woeful J'Marcus Webb. But our very own Chris Wesseling immediately hit me up to note that Bushrod allowed more combined sacks, hits and hurries than any other free-agent offensive lineman the past two years. Saints quarterback Drew Brees endured just 26 sacks in 2012, but he always has been nimble in the pocket, showing an ability to dodge pressure. That's not a Jay Cutler specialty.

Bushrod, of course, was not the Bears' first choice after watching linemen Andy Levitre, Phil Loadholt and Louis Vasquez land elsewhere. Multiple reports pegged the Bearsas interested in left tackle Jake Long, but he's set to visit with the St. Louis Rams, according to Breer.

Chicago's loyal fans have seen this Bears offensive line crumble in big moments for seasons on end, so adding new faces -- at worst -- might result in a better starting combination up front. After the Bears allowed 149 sacks the past three campaigns, things can't get much worse.

Follow Marc Sessler on Twitter @MarcSesslerNFL.

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.

Related Content

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) rushes during an NFL football game between the between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Peter Joneleit)

See all the Action

Replay every game all season.