Bears GM Phil Emery made two bold moves during Tuesday's free agency period, but his biggest move may have been the signing of Pro Bowl left tackle Jermon Bushrod. The 28-year-old ex-Saint has familiarity with Aaron Kromer during his time in New Orleans and that was a key factor in him choosing Chicago.
"That was a big deal. I'm familiar with Kromer, we've been together for three-four years back in New Orleans," Bushrod said. "When I found out Chicago was interested, my first priority was to work something out with the Saints, they gave me a great opportunity and were very patient with me. At the end of the day, I had to make the best move for my family. What other better place to do it than in Chicago. It's a great organization and it was just a good fit."
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Some people have questioned if Bushrod should stay at left tackle, but he made it clear that he doesn't want to play on the right during his interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio.
"I'm pretty comfortable in the left, I really haven't played too much right at all," Bushrod said. "I played it in the Pro Bowl and I didn't really like it too much. At the end of the day, I'm just excited about this opportunity, I really am."
With a new coaching staff in Chicago, Bushrod was asked if he knows what kind of offense the Bears will use next season.
"They're gonna use a little bit of both offenses," Bushrod said. "I'm excited to get a hold of the playbook whenever we can start doing that. Just kind of which direction we're headed."
At the end of the day, Bushrod enjoyed his time with the Saints, but believes Chicago was the best choice for his future.
"It just got to the point where I couldn't turn this offer down, truthfully at the end of the day it was the best move for the family."