Free agent offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod signed with the Miami Dolphins on Thursday.
Bushrod's agency, BG Sports Enterprises, took a photo of Bushrod signing his new deal:
Brittany G. @BGSport
@j_bushrod7475 is officially a @MiamiDolphins #teamBushrod #JermonBushrod #freeagency #Dolphins #NFL https://t.co/Hh8cUzZBQB3/11/2016, 1:08:50 AM
Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reported it's a one-year deal.
Bushrod, 31, played the last three seasons with the Chicago Bears. The Bears cut him in February after he failed a physical. They saved $4.3 million and rid themselves of Bushrod's onerous $6.3 million base salary, per Over the Cap.
"I'm very appreciative of the kind words of support from the family, friends and fans that have reached out to me," Bushrod said in an Instagram post following his release. "Unfortunately my time in Chicago is up and it's on to the next chapter in life. We will continue to grind. Thank you @chicagobears for giving me the opportunity to line up with that C on the side of my helmet."
Bushrod started 30 games during his first two seasons in Chicago but saw injuries and ineffectiveness cost him his job in 2016. Charles Leno Jr., a former seventh-round choice, replaced Bushrod in the starting lineup amid concussion and shoulder problems for the veteran. Bushrod wound up getting on the field for 12 games but was listed as a starter only four times.
"It's not easy," Bushrod said in October, per Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune. "It's really tough. I try to keep all my thoughts as positive as I can. My mindset, I try to keep everything in perspective and really honing in on...what you have to do to get better. If you give it your all every single day, at the end of it, whatever happens, you have to be happy."
Bushrod's combination of injuries and ineffective play make it unlikely he'll garner much more than a one-year contract. Top offensive tackles are signing ridiculous deals on the open market. The Oakland Raiders agreed to a five-year, $60 million deal with Kelechi Osemele, per ESPN.com, on the sheer idea he could be a long-term fit at left tackle.
Bushrod has two Pro Bowls under his belt and a decent history of success at the NFL level. The Dolphins are buying low in the hopes he has one more good year in him.
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