The Bears have signed Kevin Shaffer to a three year deal. Chicagobears.com says he will be competing for the starting right tackle spot.
Schaffer was cut from the Browns this month, after starting in 47 games the last three seasons. The one game he didn’t start was do to injury. He played left tackle during the 2006 season, before moving to right tackle for the last two.
At 6′-5” and 315 lbs, the 29 year old has experience and looks to be a nice addition to the Bears. He isn’t in the FA category that most fans want. Though in signing Schaffer as opposed to St. Clair (who the Browns signed), the Bears get a player with a lot more starting experience.
To me this was another safe, wise move. He can play either tackle so could back up both, but will probably be a RT. This will put Omiyale back into LG to compete with Beekman. Making the Bears a RT draft pick away from a significant turnover in their offensive line. If they can land a quality RT in the draft, personally I will feel excited about the group heading into the season.