The Bears have signed a second starter-grade offensive tackle in the span of less than two weeks, re-signing right tackle Jonathan Scott and arguably turning a problem into an asset.
[RELATED: Bears' FA frenzy continues with Bushrod signing]
Scott agreed to a one-year deal on Monday, having started seven games last season, six at right tackle in place of Gabe Carimi, who now seems even more ticketed for a spot at guard. Scott joins Jermon Bushrod, signed to a five-year contract on Mar. 12, and J’Marcus Webb on a tackle depth chart that was in crisis at times last season but now may be the strength of the offensive line.
If the Bears wanted to keep pressure on Webb to continue improving his game, they could have done a lot worse than Scott.
Scott graded out well in his starts last year, with GM Phil Emery pointing out that their evaluation showed him allowing zero sacks for his efforts. Scott played 341 snaps last season, according to Pro Football Focus, which had him charged with one sack.
“Do I feel like Jon added to our team?” Emery said at the conclusion of the season. “Yes I do.”