Bears Land New Potential Starter on Free Agency Day 4

The Chicago Bears continue bolstering their offensive line despite glaring holes elsewhere.

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The Chicago Bears haven't made the splashy moves their fans have been waiting for so far this offseason, but they continue making additions to bolster their roster.

Bears fans desperately wait for their new quarterback, as well as a high-level wide receiver and an edge rusher. In the meantime, they addressed another position in need: center.

Chicago had already brought in Ryan Bates from the Buffalo Bills in exchange for a 2024 fifth-round pick. Now, the Bears are signing another veteran center to compete with Bates.

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According to Brad Biggs of Chicago Tribune, the Bears are giving Coleman Shelton a one-year deal. Shelton spent all five seasons of his career with the Los Angeles Rams after going undrafted in 2018 out of Washington.

Shelton was a member of the Super Bowl winning team in 2021 but he was almost exclusively used as a special teams player at the time. He only became a full-time starter in the last two seasons, playing over 90% of snaps in back-to-back campaigns.

On Pro Football Focus, Shelton is ranked as the 17th-best center in the NFL out of 36 qualifying players. He has prior familiarity with Bears offensive coordinator Shane Waldron from the time when Waldron served as the Rams' passing game coordinator for two seasons. Shelton had opted out of his player option this offseason to secure a better deal in free agency.

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