The Bears convinced Josh Sitton to make them his first visit after the Green Bay Packers release the three-time Pro Bowl guard on Saturday. Once they got him to Halas Hall, they then convinced him to stick around, signing their one-time adversary to a three-year contract reportedly topping out at $21.75 million, of which $10 million is guaranteed.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the signing. Sitton, 30, was also being sought after by the New Orleans Saints but never got on a plane out of town once the Bears made their pitch to him late Sunday afternoon.
The signing marks yet another major Bears move to overhaul their offensive line this offseason. In no particular order: signing center/guard Ted Larsen and tackle Bobby Massie from the Arizona Cardinals; selecting guard Cody Whitehair in the second round of the 2016 draft; and moving Pro Bowler Kyle Long back to right guard from right tackle, along with signing Long to a four-year contract extension worth $40 million, of which $30 million is guaranteed.
Sitton, a fourth-round Green Bay selection in the 2008 draft, started 16 games in six of the last seven seasons, first at right guard, then at left guard the past three seasons. Sitton also filled in at left tackle for the Packers last season.