Bears signed C Brian De La Puente to a one-year contract.
The deal contains $165,000 guaranteed. It'll be a seamless transition for De La Puente, whose old position coach in New Orleans -- Aaron Kromer -- is now the offensive coordinator in Chicago. De La Puente, 29 in May, was Drew Brees' starting center the past three seasons, and graded out 12th, second, and 16th in Pro Football Focus' center ratings in each of those years. Incumbent C Roberto Garza, 35, is expected to keep his job, but could be on an increasingly short leash. So late in free agency, this was an excellent value add by GM Phil Emery.
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