The Chicago Bears have signed veteran offensive lineman Mike Adams and waived second-year lineman Nick Becton.
Adams has started 20-of-41 career contests over three seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers (2012-14). In 2014, he was part of an offensive line that paved the way for the NFL’s second leading rusher (Le’Veon Bell - 1,361 yards). The Ohio State alum originally joined the Steelers as a second round pick (56th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. Adams missed the entire 2015 season due to a back injury.
In two professional seasons, Becton appeared in six games for the San Diego Chargers (2013), New Orleans Saints (2014) and Chicago Bears (2015). He also spent on the Chargers (2013), New York Giants (2014) and Bears (2014) practice squads.
Becton came into camp as the club's swing tackle but poor play and injuries led to his dismissal.
Behind starters Charles Leno and Bobby Massie, the only other offensive tackles on the roster are veterans Garry Williams and Jason Weaver, and undrafted rookie John Kling. As such, Adams should immediately be able to challenge for Chicago's swing tackle position, which is wide open heading into the preseason.