Bears Sign OL Earl Watford

Watford started 21 games over the last three seasons in Arizona.

Chris Emma
April 03, 2018 - 1:43 pm
Earl Watford, then with the Cardinals

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By Chris Emma--

(670 The Score) The Bears have secured another option at guard by signing veteran Earl Watford to a one-year deal, they announced Tuesday afternoon.

Watford earlier confirmed the signing through a tweet of "GSH" -- George Stanley Halas, the initials of the Bears' founder on their jerseys. 

In Watford, the Bears are adding a four-year NFL veteran of 43 contests and 21 starts, the latter of which came in the last three seasons with the Cardinals. He joins the Bears with the opportunity to compete for a starting spot at left guard after the team released veteran Josh Sitton.

Watford, 27, is slated to compete with Eric Kush and Jordan Morgan for the job at left guard unless the Bears find options through the open market or the NFL Draft. At the other guard spot, Kyle Long expects to be fully healthy with no restrictions once the regular season opens, he told reporters Tuesday before being honored with the Ed Block Courage Award. Long is recovering from shoulder, neck and elbow surgeries.

The Bears began their offseason program at Halas Hall on Tuesday with strength and conditioning work. They also made official their re-signings of running back Benny Cunningham and long snapper Patrick Scales. Both inked one-year deals.

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