Chicago Bears Sign Offensive Tackle Kevin Shaffer

By NFLSportChannel

Published: March 25, 2009

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... a deal from the Cleveland Browns.  At that point, the Bears didn't have many options to play offensive line or to fill the hole left by St. Clair, which can be seen in more detail here.

On Wednesday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Bears addressed that need by signing the man that St. Clair replaced in Cleveland, offensive tackle Kevin Shaffer, to a three-year deal.  Financial terms have not yet been disclosed.

Shaffer, a seventh round pick by the Falcons out of Tulsa in the 2002 draft, has played in exactly 100 NFL games, starting 86 of them.  Shaffer has spent the last three seasons starting at both left and right tackle for the Browns, playing in 47 of their 48 games.

Shaffer, 29, was released by the Browns two weeks ago, so it is entirely possible that the Bears' front office knew they had him as a backup plan i...

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