BY: ED COLE
GLENDALE, Ariz. – The Chicago Bears are becoming a destination for Cardinals’ free agent offensive linemen.
First, right tackle Bobby Massie signs with the Bears. Now, it’s Ted Larsen’s turn to head to the Windy City.
The Bears made the signing of Larsen official on Thursday. He joins them on a one-year contract, one day after the team signed former Broncos center/guard Manny Ramirez.
#Bears bring in Ted Larsen, land versatile OL for the second straight day.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) March 31, 2016
Larsen spent the last two seasons with the Cardinals, after spending the first four seasons of his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In his six seasons, Larsen’s played in a total of 86 games (57 starts) with Tampa Bay and Arizona. Larsen’s shown his versatility in that time, starting 33 games at left guard, 13 at right guard, and 11 at center.
Larsen started all 16 games in his first season with Arizona in 2014 – 14 at left guard and two at right guard. Last season, Larsen started 10 games for the Cardinals – seven at right guard and three at left guard.
Larsen was originally drafted by the New England Patriots in the sixth round (205th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft out of North Carolina State. Before signing with Chicago, Larsen had garnered interest from the San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks.