Bears Sign Matt Slauson for One-Year Contract

The free-agent will replace Lance Louis

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The Chicago Bears continue to strengthen their team after agreeing to a one-year deal with offensive guard Matt Slauson Friday.

Slauson, 27, spent three of his four seasons with the New York Jets as a starter, after being selected sixth in the 2009 draft out of Nebraska.

The 6-5, 315 pounder will replace Lance Louis just two days after Louis signed with the Miami Dolphins.

"We are excited that Matt will be a Bear. He brings physical play and smarts to the offensive guard position and to the offensive line as an overall unit. His size, strength and power will allow him to challenge for either of the starting guard positions," general manager Phil Emery said on the Bears’ official website.

Since the start of free agency on March 12, the Bears have signed 10 players; offensive tackles Jermon Bushrod and Jonathan Scott, tight ends Martellus Bennett and Steve Maneri, cornerback Kelvin Hayden, defensive end Turk McBride, linebackers D.J. Williams and James Anderson, and safety Tom Zbikowski.

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