Mar 292014

Matt Slauson, a 6th round pick in 2009, made 48 starts for the Jets from 2010-2012, grading out slightly above average in each of those 3 seasons. The Bears were able to get him on a cheap one year deal last off-season and what started as a smart move paid off even more, as he broke out in his age 27 season in 2013, grading out as Pro Football Focus’ 6th ranked guard. He also once again started all 16 games, actually playing every single snap. He might not ever have a season that good again, but he’s definitely an above average starting guard with a very high floor.

The Bears are once again getting a bargain here, giving him 12.8 million over 4 years. Only 4.9 million of that is guaranteed, though I don’t imagine that ever mattering because he’s well worth an average annual salary of 3.2 million even at his worst. The Bears’ offensive line was one of the best in the NFL last season, after struggling mightily in the previous years, and Slauson’s addition was a big part of the reason why. This was a very good move keeping him.

Grade: A

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