Report: Larry Warford Drawing Interest from Bears, Texans After Saints Release

Blake SchusterCorrespondent IIIMay 9, 2020

New Orleans Saints guard Larry Warford (67) warms up during an NFL football practice in Metairie, La., Wednesday, June 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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One day after getting released by the New Orleans Saints, offensive guard Larry Warford has teams lining up for his services. 

The Chicago Bears and Houston Texans are both exploring deals for the 28-year-old, according to the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs and John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

The Saints made the decision to move on reportedly because of a lack of speed and mobility on Warford's part, as well as a desire to incorporate first-round pick Cesar Ruiz, but that may say more about how New Orleans plans to run its offense this season than the lineman's abilities. 

Warford has been named to the Pro Bowl in each of the last three seasons. The Saints offense also tied for the third-fewest sacks in 2019 with 25—the team's third consecutive year with 25 or fewer sacks allowed. 

Now a big reason for that success is a free agent. 

Biggs notes while the Bears have interest, general manager Ryan Pace is still feeling out the market. Chicago allowed 45 sacks on offense last season and needs to patch up its line as it looks to give either Nick Foles or Mitchell Trubisky a chance to succeed in 2020.

Should Warford land in Houston, McClain says he would look to compete with right guard Zach Fulton for the starting job. Fulton has held down that spot for the previous two seasons. 

A third-round pick out of Kentucky in 2013 by Detroit, Warford spent his first four seasons in the league with the Lions, where he started 57 games.

The Saints scooped him up as a free agent in 2017 and signed him to a four-year, $34 million deal. Warford has remained consistently healthy over the duration of his seven-year career, which should give prospective clubs plenty of incentive as he looks for his next home.