The Chicago Bears have signed free agent tackle Bradley Sowell to a one-year deal
The Bears continued in their wheeling and dealing post draft and are looking to set their final 90-man roster as offseason workouts begin. Bradley Sowell, an offensive tackle formerly of the Seattle Seahawks was signed recently to be a member of the team’s current 90-man roster.
The move to sign Sowell should not be too surprising. This is a team that had a major need for offensive tackle help coming into the offseason. They were very quiet in free agency, and in the draft did not address the offensive line until the fifth round. Even in that, the team drafted Jordan Morgan from a very small in Kutztown. Morgan is a guard but looks to be a potential swing tackle who can play most offensive line spots in the NFL.
Sowell has some experience, spending five years in the NFL. He was an undrafted free agent who signed with the Indianapolis Colts after the 2012 NFL draft. Sowell played some special teams, but was only active for ten games and did not start a single one.
Sowell moved on to the Arizona Cardinals in the next year and spent his next three seasons there. He started 12 games in his first year with the team then spent the next two years as a depth special teams player.
His most recent move before Chicago was to the Seattle Seahawks. Sowell started his season on the left side, but an injury pushed him out of the job. He moved over to the right side and wound up playing 10 games, and starting in nine last season. However, the Seattle offensive line is not one with a great reputation, and being a starter on that line may not be the shining endorsement that suggests that he is a starting caliber player in the league.