Bears sign C Brian de la Puente

The Chicago Bears have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with center Brian de la Puente, a four-year veteran.

LAKE FOREST, IL – The Chicago Bears agreed to terms with C Brian de la Puente on a one-year contract.

The 6-3, 306-pound de la Puente has started 44-of-48 games played over the last three seasons (2011-13) for the New Orleans Saints, with all 44 starts coming at center. He also started all four postseason contests at center during his time in New Orleans.

Over the last three seasons, de la Puente manned the middle of a Saints offensive line that allowed just 87 sacks, second fewest in the NFL. During that time, the Saints offense was second in the league in scoring offense (29.6 points per game) and tops in the NFL in total offense (425.8 yards per game) and passing offense (318.0 ypg). New Orleans' offense had at least 400 yards in 30 of the 44 regular season contests de la Puente started at center and all four postseason games.

He originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent of the 49ers in 2008 out the University of California, spending part of that season on Kansas City's active roster but not appearing in a game. The San Clemente, Calif. native also spent time on the practice squads of the Chiefs, Panthers and Seahawks.

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