Bobby Massie to Bears: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistMarch 9, 2016

Arizona Cardinals tackle Bobby Massie (70) in the first half during an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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The Chicago Bears and former Arizona Cardinals offensive tackle Bobby Massie agreed to terms Wednesday on a three-year deal worth $18 million, according to Bleacher Report's Jason Cole

Citing a source, Cole reported the Bears plan to pencil Massie in at right tackle and shift Kyle Long to right guard.  

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirmed the Bears' intentions to reshuffle the right side of their line, which led Long to crack a joke: 

"The thing about Kyle that we all love is his position flexibility," Bears general manager Ryan Pace said at the NFL Scouting Combine, per the Chicago Sun-Times' Patrick Finley and Adam L. Jahns. "With our offensive line, when I look at that, we’ve got some flexibility with some guys there. Our goal is to improve that position, but to just acquire the best players and let it all sort out and start the best five."

Beyond having the flexibility to add Massie and move Long to right guard, the Bears needed to find a steady run-blocker who could seal off opposing rushers on the outside and create wider lanes for Jeremy Langford and Co. 

Last season, the Bears ranked 20th with 3.9 yards per rushing attempt despite wielding an impressive one-two punch consisting of Langford and Matt Forte

The good news is that Massie will be an upgrade. According to Pro Football Focus' Josh Liskiewitz, Massie "has been an above-average run-blocker during his four-year career" despite failing to live up to expectations as a pass-blocker. 

The Bears are still searching for foundational pieces in the midst of a rebuild, but adding Massie on a reasonable deal is a small step in the right direction for a team that simply needs to be more consistent in all phases next season.