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Bears agree with former Cardinals tackle Bobby Massie on three-year deal

The Chicago Bears agreed with former Arizona Cardinals right tackle Bobby Massie on a three-year contract Wednesday afternoon in the first hour of free agency. The move gives the Bears options on the offensive line, as they seek to fill their hole at right guard and solidify the status of right guard-turned-right tackle Kyle Long.

All 46 of Massie's NFL starts, including 30 over the last two seasons, have been at right tackle. At 6-foot-6 and 316 pounds, he was the Cardinals’ fourth-round pick in 2012.

Plugging Massie in at right tackle opens the door for Long to slide back to right guard, where he made the Pro Bowl in each of his first two NFL seasons. The Bears value Long's athleticism on the outside of the line. But the most effective overall combination of linemen could very well include Long at guard, where his strength as a mauler is evident.

In an interview on WMVP-AM (1000) Wednesday afternoon, Long downplayed the effect of another position change and expressed his willingness to let the offseason evolve. He said playing either guard or tackle would be "great."



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