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Jermon Bushrod | Tackle

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (29) / 8/19/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 320
College: Towson
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Bears agreed to terms on a five-year, $36 million contract with LT Jermon Bushrod, formerly of the Saints.
The Bears were on a mission to upgrade Jay Cutler's protection, and they've done so slightly. Although Bushrod is big-name left tackle because he's kept Drew Brees upright, he actually graded out similarly to J'Marcus Webb in Pro Football Focus' 2012 ratings. Habitually, Cutler doesn't get the ball out nearly as quickly as Brees. Still, the Bears certainly know what they're getting as offensive line coach Aaron Kromer worked with Bushrod in New Orleans. At the very least, they've increased depth at a thin unit. Webb may kick to right tackle, with Gabe Carimi sliding inside to guard. Tue, Mar 12, 2013 06:42:00 PM

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The Bears are reportedly "in talks" with free agent LT Jermon Bushrod.

The offensive-line needy Bears already missed out on Phil Loadholt, Andy Levitre and Louis Vasquez. Bushrod is far from elite, but he'd certainly be an upgrade on J'Marcus Webb. Drew Brees took just 26 sacks last season.
Tue, Mar 12, 2013 05:04:00 PM

Free agent LT Jermon Bushrod is shooting down rumors that he's seeking "Jahri Evans money."

He better, because he won't get it. Part of a somewhat soft offensive tackle market, Bushrod is unlikely to approach the seven-year, $56.7 million contract teammate Evans received in New Orleans. Bushrod turns 29 before the season. We'd anticipate something more along the lines of $30 million across five years.
Tue, Mar 12, 2013 11:33:00 AM

There have reportedly been no significant talks at all between the Saints and free agent LT Jermon Bushrod.

It's a surprise that the Saints aren't doing more to retain Drew Brees' blindside protector. They haven't yet slashed the salaries of Jonathan Vilma or Will Smith, giving them little wiggle room under the cap. Bushrod will test the market, which means the Saints will be playing with fire.
Tue, Mar 12, 2013 10:25:00 AM

Free agent LT Jermon Bushrod is "50-50" to re-sign with the Saints.

Per SI's Peter King, Bushrod's Saints future could depend on Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith restructuring their deals. If it's Vilma and Smith holding the Saints back from keeping Drew Brees' blindside protector, it's shocking one or both haven't been cut loose already. Bushrod is far more important to the Saints' 2013 chances. Neither Vilma nor Smith is a fit for New Orleans' new 3-4 defense.
Mon, Mar 11, 2013 08:36:00 AM

SI's Peter King expects the Saints to be "very aggressive" in attempting to re-sign free agent LT Jermon Bushrod before Tuesday.

If left unsigned Bushrod would hit the market on Tuesday as a top-three left tackle, behind only Jake Long and probably ahead of Sam Baker. While not an elite blindside protector, Bushrod has done just well enough to keep Drew Brees' jersey clean as a starter the past four seasons. We suspect Bushrod would gladly accept a contract worth $7 million annually, just less than Will Beatty's.
Source: SI.com
Fri, Mar 8, 2013 01:00:00 AM

The Saints' top priority among their own free agents remains LT Jermon Bushrod.

As of Monday, the Saints were reportedly $5.43 million over the salary cap. They've since restructured some deals and plan on redoing more, but it probably won't clear enough room to make Bushrod a top-dollar offer. He's now our No. 7 free agent tackle available in a class that's thinned out following the franchise tagging of Ryan Clady/Branden Albert and the Giants' re-signing of Will Beatty. Bushrod said Thursday that he hasn't heard anything new regarding negotiations.
Thu, Mar 7, 2013 08:33:00 AM

NFL.com's Albert Breer reports the Saints have "made it clear" they want to re-sign free agent LT Jermon Bushrod, and that the sides plan to talk next week.

The Saints have sent mixed signals on Bushrod's future, but appear ready to make him a competitive offer before the start of free agency on March 12. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported last month Bushrod is not a candidate for the franchise tag. Coming off a middling season, Bushrod would further flood a crowded tackle market if he reaches free agency.
Fri, Mar 1, 2013 11:55:00 AM

The Saints have held no significant contract talks with free agent LT Jermon Bushrod.

Bushrod does expect a contract offer from the team shortly. "It's about to get interesting," he said. The Saints will not franchise tag Bushrod, but figure to make him a team-friendly proposal before the market opens on March 12.
Mon, Feb 25, 2013 06:21:00 PM

The Saints will not use their franchise tag on free agent LT Jermon Bushrod, and he is expected to hit the open market.

The Saints prefer to re-sign Bushrod, but he won't be a priority if he wants top left tackle money. It's a "buyer's market" at tackle in both free agency and the draft, and Bushrod is a replacement-level starter. He does have a connection to new Bears line coach Aaron Kromer, New Orleans' 2012 interim head coach.
Fri, Feb 22, 2013 01:06:00 PM

The Chicago Tribune expects the Bears to go after free agent LT Jermon Bushrod.

The Bears are in the market for an upgrade on J'Marcus Webb, but finding one could prove difficult. By the time the No. 20 pick comes around, Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel, Central Michigan's Eric Fisher and Oklahoma's Lane Johnson could all be gone. Alabama's D.J. Fluker is a right tackle. Enter Bushrod, who has a connection to current Bears OC Aaron Kromer from their time together in New Orleans and checks in as our No. 9 free agent tackle. The cap-strapped Saints aren't likely to be able to lock down Bushrod before he hits the market.
Thu, Feb 21, 2013 08:45:00 AM

Free agent LT Jermon Bushrod said contract talks with the Saints have yet to get started.

Bushrod's impending free agency has been quiet to this point, but GM Mickey Loomis said last month that re-signing his left tackle will be the offseason's biggest challenge. New Orleans is in a cap crunch for the second straight year. Bushrod checks in as our No. 9 free-agent tackle in what is currently a deep class. A reunion with Aaron Kromer in Chicago would make a lot of sense.
Thu, Feb 14, 2013 08:57:00 PM

Saints GM Mickey Loomis pointed to re-signing impending free agent LT Jermon Bushrod as his biggest challenge this offseason.

"That's easy to figure out," Loomis said. "Jermon Bushrod's a UFA who's a good player. It's going to be subject to what his perceived market is and what we're able to do. He's the No. 1 tough deal." Although the Saints were in a similarly tough salary cap crunch last offseason, Loomis managed to bring back most of his key contributors.
Mon, Jan 14, 2013 01:07:00 PM

LT Jermon Bushrod admitted he could be playing his final game as a Saint Sunday.

Bushrod is set to become an unrestricted free agent this spring and the two sides have had no known contact about an extension. Drew Brees' blind-side protector will certainly garner interest on the open market, but he's graded out poorly as Pro Football Focus' 21st-ranked left tackle this season. Much of that has to do with his five false start penalties.
Source: WWLTV.com
Thu, Dec 27, 2012 12:37:00 PM

The Saints have yet to open extension talks with contract-year LT Jermon Bushrod.

Bushrod is owed just $3.25 million in 2012, and is eligible for unrestricted free agency in 2013. But he isn't fighting the franchise about it. "I'd definitely love to be here the next few years," said Bushrod, who turns 28 in a month and made the 2011 Pro Bowl. "I just want to win really bad, especially this year."
Fri, Jul 27, 2012 10:14:00 PM