As NFL training camps get underway today, the Chicago Bears have made another addition to their offensive line. This time, Bears’ GM Ryan Poles signed offensive tackle Riley Reiff, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. This signing marks Chicago’s second offensive line addition in as many days, as Michael Schofield joined the squad Monday.
Schefter reports Reiff’s deal with the Bears is for one year and worth up to $12.5 million. The 10-year veteran spent his first five seasons with Detroit, his next four with Minnesota, and last year with the AFC champion Bengals.
Reiff has appeared in at least 12 games each season, showing his durability. The Bengals’ offensive line had been an area of struggle, but Reiff was the strong point on the right side protecting quarterback Joe Burrow. At 6-foot-5 and 313 lbs, he should serve as a reliable depth piece on a young line that struggled to keep Justin Fields upright last year.
“Our front office is not going to stop chipping away and bringing good football players to the team,” Poles said of the Reiff signing.
The Chicago Bears’ offensive line finished 22nd on PFF’s offensive line rankings in 2021. The question marks at the tackle positions have been addressed with bodies, but there are no clear answers.
Larry Borom, Teven Jenkins, and Braxton Jones were the apparent frontrunners for the tackle spots. The additions of Schofield and Riley Reiff may signal a lack of confidence in the younger players to step in right away. Both veteran signees bring Super Bowl experience, which should bode well in the mentorship department.
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