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Brian De La Puente | Center

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (29) / 5/13/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 306
College: California
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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. Apr 6 - 5:33 PM

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ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett believes free agent C Brian De La Puente is definitely still in play for the Saints.

De La Puente's market has been ice cold to this point. He should be relatively cheap to retain. He's started the past 32 games for the Saints and remains easily the top free-agent center on the market not named Alex Mack. Tim Lelito is currently penciled in as the Saints' starting center.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 6 - 1:00 PM

Coach Sean Payton believes the Saints could still "very well" re-sign free agent C Brian De La Puente.

Payton made the comments at the league meetings on Wednesday. A 16-game starter each of the past two seasons, De La Puente's only-known visit was the Redskins. Tim Lelito is the leading in-house candidate to start if De La Puente ends up signing elsewhere.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 27 - 11:47 PM

Free agent C Brian De La Puente is visiting the Redskins.

The Redskins released C Will Montgomery last week. If they can't land a center in free agency or the draft, LG Kory Lichtensteiger is expected to make the switch to center. De La Puente is our No. 2 free-agent center, behind Alex Mack.
Mar 19 - 2:47 PM

The Giants have expressed interest in free agent C Brian De La Puente.

The cap-strapped Saints have not made an effort to get their starting center from the last three seasons re-signed. The Giants' interest suggests that David Baas may not be willing to take a pay cut.
Mar 10 - 11:54 AM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett believes there's a "strong chance" C Brian De La Puente will walk in free agency.

Triplett only sees De La Puente returning "at a very affordable rate." The Saints have nearly $14 million committed to guards Jahri Evans and Ben Grubbs for 2014, and De La Puente could potentially be replaced in-house by 2013 UDFA Tom Lelito. Lelito flashed some promise in two rookie-year starts at guard.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 3 - 4:15 PM

Saints re-signed restricted free agent C Brian De La Puente to a one-year, $2.023 million contract.

A former journeyman undrafted free agent, De La Puente has started the Saints' past 28 games at center. Going on 28, De La Puente graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 2 center last season. He'll be an unrestricted free agent next offseason.
Tue, Apr 9, 2013 02:23:00 PM

Saints re-signed exclusive rights free agent C Brian De La Puente.

The smallish but technical De La Puente replaced free agent bust Olin Kreutz early last season, and New Orleans' running game took off after a slow start. De La Puente is hardly a dominant center or long-term solution, but Saints beat writer Larry Holder expects the 27-year-old to retain his starting job for 2012.
Wed, Mar 7, 2012 08:01:00 PM

49ers signed G/C Brian De La Puente to a reserve/future contract.

De La Puente's long-term ceiling is no higher than a versatile interior reserve lineman. He'll have a hard time cracking San Francisco's 2010 roster.
Fri, Jan 22, 2010 06:25:00 PM

Seahawks claimed OL Brian De La Puente off waivers from the Chiefs.

The Seattle Times calls De La Puente "a guard and tackle." The 'Hawks' line is already in terrifically bad shape, but it'll be even uglier if the 6'2/308-pounder gets reps outside. Ideally, De La Puente won't be on the roster.
Tue, Aug 25, 2009 06:23:00 PM

Chiefs waived OG Brian De La Puente.

De La Puente went undrafted out of Cal in 2008.
Mon, Aug 24, 2009 02:39:00 PM

Chiefs waived G Brian De La Puente.

De La Puente was not a highly thought of prospect coming out of Cal this past April, but the Chiefs signed him away from San Francisco, who was set to put him on their practice squad. He's likely to go on the Chiefs' practice squad.
Thu, Oct 30, 2008 02:01:00 PM