Phil Emery and the Bears stayed active in free agency Sunday, coming to an agreement on a one-year deal with center Brian de la Puente. Terms of the contract were not included in a press release sent out by the team.
De La Puente spent the last three seasons in New Orleans, where he started 44 of 48 games at center for the Saints. In that span the Saints' offensive line allowed 87 sacks, second fewest in the NFL. De la Puente played under current Bears offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer for two seasons, when Kromer was the Saints' offensive line coach.
He went undrafted in 2008 and was signed by Kansas City. He also spent time on the practice squad with the Chiefs, Panthers and Seahawks.
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The 28-year-old is likely to begin the season behind center Roberto Garza and will provide depth for an offensive line that was much improved in 2013. The Bears also signed Ebon Britton to a one-year deal last week.