The Chicago Bears today signed guard Chilo Rachal to a one-year deal. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network first reported the news.
The former second-round pick started 38 games over the last four seasons, all with the San Francisco 49ers. Last season, the 26 year old was benched in favor of Adam Snyder.
Rachal provides depth to Chicago’s offensive line and will have to challenge a number of other players on the current roster for the starting guard gig.
Guards already on the Bears roster are Chris Williams, Chris Spencer, Edwin Williams and Lance Louis. Chris Williams may get a shot at left tackle this year, while Spencer and Louis both have positional flexibility. Rachal will likely be in the mix for both starting guard spots.
The 49ers were all too ready to get rid of Rachal, who did not live up to his status as a second-round selection. He’s not much of an upgrade over the players already on Chicago’s roster. Mainly, he provides experience and training camp competition.
The Bears have already visited with free agent veteran guard Anthony Herrera, and recently inquired about Eric Steinbach. Obviously, the club is considering a number of different routes to improve the interior of the offensive line.
In other roster notes, the Bears released WR Max Komar yesterday, citing a non-football injury.
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