Bears bring back veteran center Roberto Garza

Bears bring back veteran center Roberto Garza
February 27, 2014, 11:15 am
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CSN Staff

The Bears have solved one of their free agent issues.

The organization brought back veteran center Roberto Garza on a one-year deal Thursday.

"I'm excited to keep playing and playing for a great franchise and a great city," Garza said. "Everybody knows that I wanted to stay here. With the guys that I'm playing with, everything is coming together. I feel it's a great opportunity to build on what we started last year."

Garza turns 35 next month and has started every game for the Bears the last three seasons. 2013 will be his 10th season in Chicago and has served as one of the team's captains the last two years.

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In 2013, he helped bring stability to an offensive line with four new pieces, including rookies Jordan Mills and Kyle Long on the right side and free-agent acquisitions Jermon Bushrod and Matt Slauson on the left side. The Bears allowed just 30 sacks on the season, the fourth-best mark in the NFL.

"Roberto is an outstanding player and person," head coach Marc Trestman said. “He is as hard-working a player as we have and an unselfish leader. He is tremendously important in our preparation by quarterbacking the offensive line both in run and pass protection.

"He anchors everything we do up front and we’re thrilled to have him back."

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Garza's signing ensures the entire starting lineup on the Bears offense will return heading into Year 2 under Trestman's scheme.

"Everybody's coming back and we're going to be in the same system for the second year," Garza said. "We did some good things last year, but there's a lot of stuff we have to build on and correct and do better.

"It's going to be fun to watch the film from last year and get better at things that are going to make us a better football team."