OT Tom Compton, Falcons (6’5 | 314 | 27) – The Bears added some much-needed offensive line depth with the signing of journeyman Compton. A former 6th round pick in 2012 by the Redskins, he spent the first four years of his career in Washington making 11 starts then spent last year as a useful reserve for the Falcons, appearing in all 16 regular season games.
Compton is considered a solid pass blocker with good movement skills, but a lack of power in the run game. He has the versatility to play on either side of the line and should give the Bears a reliable swing tackle, which they lacked last season.
In his intro press conference, Compton mentioned “the chance to compete” as his reason for choosing the Bears in free agency and he could potentially push right tackle Bobby Massey for a starting job. If he doesn’t end up starting, Compton should provide solid value as the top reserve at both tackle positions.
Contract: 1 year, undisclosed amount