Chicago Bears: 5 Free agent offensive linemen to target this offseason
By Braden Fogal
New England Patriots, David Andrews (29)
How much would a two-time Super Bowl winner cost the Bears? David Andrews’ market price sits at $3 million and Chicago could shift around its offensive line to slide him in at the starting center spot.
You talk about a guy with experience and pedigree. Andrews has blocked for Tom Brady and learned under Bill Belichick. He would bring in a winning attitude to match his veteran presence that would help mentor some of the Bears’ young offensive linemen.
Andrews will likely receive a lot of attention in free agency. He is as reliable as they come starting in 56 consecutive games spanning back to his 2015 rookie year, where he logged 11 starts in 14 games. If the Bears signed him then it would allow them to kick Cody Whitehair out to starting tackle. This would provide the team insurance just in case James Daniels’ torn pectoral injury takes longer to recover.
Andrews at one point was leading all AFC centers in Pro Bowl votes. He’s a guy who might not be a household name yet, but he should be. The Patriots have had one of the best offensive line groups in recent years and Andrews has flown under the radar as one of the league’s best centers. Bears fans have seen the team bring in strong defensive mentors, such as Robert Quinn and Danny Trevathan, as well as in the receiving game with Jimmy Graham and Ted Ginn (who didn’t last too long in Chicago but at least they tried). Andrews is that veteran mentor the offensive line needs to go from good-to-great.