Eben Britton last season played a complimentary role as the sixth blocker for the Bears' offense.…
Britton was signed last offseason as a free agent as well and served in a complementary offensive role in 2013. As the club's third offensive tackle, or "monster" tight end, Britton played 239 snaps as an extra edge blocker. According to Pro Football Focus, Britton graded second amongst the team's offensive linemen as a run blocker, behind only Matt Slauson, and did not allow a single sack.
The five-year veteran is a former second-round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he spent his first four years in the NFL.
Britton could resume his role as swing tackle this season, although he'll likely get a chance to dethrone Jordan Mills at right tackle. According to PFF, no tackle in the league gave up more QB pressures (62) than Mills last season.
Re-signing Britton isn't that surprising to Bear Report magazine subscribers. In our March issue this year, we featured Britton, who told us:
"I love it. I love that the coaches have seen something in me to give me the opportunity to get out there with the guys and help this team win. I love coming to work every day. I love playing football. I've had a rough last few years with injuries. Coming here was like a fresh start. I came in here with the utmost humility and gratitude. This was just a new opportunity for me to play football again.
"I just decided way back in April, I'm just going to come in and work hard every day and see where that lands me. In training camp I showed enough to the coaches and the people in the building who make the big decisions that I'm a guy that deserves to be here.
"I don't mind being the sixth guy, the swing tackle. I love watching the young guys work and being able to help them out any way that I can. It's been an awesome experience for me. It's like a cherry on top that I get to go in and play monster tight end and flip sides and do different things. It's a lot of fun. It's the most fun I've had playing football in my entire life. I just love it."
Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of BearReport.com and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. He is in his fourth season covering the Chicago Bears full time. Follow Bear Report on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Bear Report Web site or magazine, click here.