Chicago Bears extend Bradley Sowell

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 24: Cameron Heyward
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 24: Cameron Heyward /

The Chicago Bears opened up their offseason decisions by extending offensive lineman Bradley Sowell

With a new offensive line coach in the mix, a lot of shuffling is expected to be done on the offensive line. The moves started with the release of Josh Sitton. However, today, the Chicago Bears announced that they are retaining their own by extending Bradley Sowell.

Sowell signed with the Bears late into the offseason last year. However, he suited up for 16 games and started two. Sowell was brought in as depth at the tackle position, but it was injuries at guard that brough him most of his playing time. He spent time at left guard and right tackle last season, and was serviceable across the line.

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The fact of the matter is that Sowell is depth, and the team is interested in the variety of hats he can wear. Knowing that whichever starter may go down, they have depth in Sowell is a comforting feeling.

A question that will arise from this is the status of Tom Compton. Compton, like Sowell was a free agent who could also be brought back cheap. However, both served a similar role last year as a swing tackle. The team is expected to be getting Eric Kush back from injury, and will likely not need both. Had Kush not gotten hurt last season, one of the two would have been cut in camp. If the team brings Compton back, it will be as a camp type of body on a one year deal. Expect Compton to look for a new team with a better opportunity in free agency.