The Chicago Bears today signed former Arizona Cardinals C/G Ted Larsen to one-year contract.
Larsen is entering his seventh NFL season. The 28-year-old was selected in the sixth round of the 2010 draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he spent his first four NFL seasons. He played for the Arizona Cardinals the last two years as a full-time starter at guard.
This is a depth move by the Bears, who also added Manny Ramirez to the roster yesterday. Both players can play center and guard. Ramirez is expected to challenge Hroniss Grasu for the starting center position, while Larsen will serve as the primary swing tackle.
Larsen played alongside Bobby Massie for two years in Arizona.
From the official press release:
Larsen has appeared in 86 games with 57 starts over six seasons with Tampa Bay (2010-13) and Arizona (2014-15) after entering the NFL as a sixth round (205th overall) 2010 NFL Draft pick of the New England Patriots.
Listed at 6-2, 305-pounds, Larsen has started 34 games at left guard, 13 games at right guard and 10 games at center during his NFL career in the regular season. He has added two starts at right guard and one at left guard in the playoffs.
In 2015, the North Carolina State product started the first three games of the season at left guard and the final seven regular season contests at right guard for the Cardinals with two postseason starts at right guard for Arizona.
He has appeared in all 16 contests in four (2011-14) of his six NFL seasons.