Garza has started 176-of-206 career games during his 14 NFL seasons with the Bears (2005-14) and the Atlanta Falcons (2001-04), making starts at each of the interior offensive line spots, paving the way for eight 1,000-yard rushers. The Texas A&M-Kingsville alum appeared in all 16 games ten times during his career (2001, 2004-2009, 2011-13), including 101 consecutive regular season games from 2003-10. Garza played in eight postseason contests, starting every game.
In 10 seasons with the Bears, Garza appeared in 154 contests with 145 starts, including all 16 games in seven of the last nine years. While in Chicago, he helped block for a 1,000-yard rusher in seven campaigns as the Bears ground attack amassed 17,382 yards in the last 10 seasons. Garza started at both center and guard since coming to Chicago, including starting 60 games at center over the last four seasons.
“We have a great deal of respect for what Roberto has brought to the Bears over the last 10 years,” general manager Ryan Pace said. “He has been a great player, teammate and leader. We wish Roberto and his family the very best as he continues his career.”
In addition, the Bears signed C Will Montgomery to a one-year contract.
Montgomery has started 71-of-106 career games for the Carolina Panthers (2006), New York Jets (2007-08), Washington Redskins (2008-13) and Denver Broncos (2014). He has also started in both playoff games in which he has appeared.
Last season in Denver, Montgomery was part of a Denver offense which surrendered the fewest sacks in the NFL (17) while ranking fourth in total offense (402.9 ypg). While in Washington, Montgomery started every game from 2011-13.