Kyle Long expected to move from tackle back to guard

Following the free-agent acquisition of OL Bobby Massie, the Chicago Bears are expected to move Kyle Long from right tackle back to right guard.

The Chicago Bears today signed former Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman Bobby Massie at the start of free agency. 

Massie started 46 games for the Cardinals the past four seasons, all at right tackle, where he'll again start for the Bears. 

That means Kyle Long, who started all 16 games at right tackle last season, will again be on the move. 

The Bears like what they have in Charles Leno and, if they make no further upgrades to the starting offensive line, will again slot Leno on the left edge - although don't be surprised if they look to upgrade the position early in the draft. 

As a result, the team plans on shifting Long back inside to right guard, where he's already earned two trips to the Pro Bowl. 

This is a smart move by the Bears, who should have never moved Long to the right edge in the first place. Remember, the team didn't make the move until a week before the start of the 2015 regular season and, not surprisingly, Long struggled to adjust. With Massie signing, Long can now move back to his natural position, where he's had the most success. 

Long is athletic and quick but his size (6-6, 328) and strength make him a better fit at guard, where he's demonstrated the ability to road grade defenders. His agility at guard also gives him a leg up in pass protection. In 2014, he didn't allow a single sack playing right guard. 

Long's game of musical chairs has gone on long enough. The Bears know it, which is why it's unlikely we'll ever again see Long play any position other than right guard. 


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