The Chicago Bears signed multiple offensive lineman this year, and one of them was Ted Larsen. The Bears obviously like Larsen because they gave him a 350k dollar signing bonus. When a fan asked the question to Jeff Dicerskon of ESPN Chicago, Dickerson stated the team may have plans to move on from offensive lineman Matt Slauson.
@DickersonESPN Why would the Bears possibly trade Matt Slauson to open up a roster spot for a mediocre guard like Ted Larsen?
– JT Barczak (@jtbarczak) April 14, 2016
JD: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, JT. The Bears obviously like Larsen, hence the $350,000 signing bonus. The belief is that Larsen is under strong consideration to start at guard next year. As for Slauson, I certainly feel he helped the Bears last season, especially when forced to fill in at center. Slauson is popular inside the locker room, and a true stand-up guy. But the NFL is a cutthroat business. The reality is Slauson just turned 30 and is scheduled to make around $3 million in 2016, although no guaranteed money is left on the deal. Plus, the current Bears regime is not responsible for bringing him to Chicago. That could make Slauson expendable. Maybe the Bears keep Slauson around and allow him to compete for the starting job in the preseason. Or perhaps they look to trade him, release him, or ask him to take a pay cut. The bottom line is that Slauson is not guaranteed to start next season. I think that’s fairly obvious given the Larsen acquisition.
Slauson is supposed to make 3 million in 2016 and while that is not too much, you have to consider that he is 30 years old. The Bears may be ready to move on from him and save that cap space for a different position. Slauson was drafted by the New York Jets in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Nebraska.
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