Bears Sign Center Will Montgomery

Center Will Montgomery will wear a different orange and blue uniform in 2015.

The Chicago Bears have signed free agent center Will Montgomery to a one-year deal today. Montgomery will follow head coach John Fox and offensive coordinator Adam Gase from Denver to the Windy City.

Montgomery started nine games for the Denver Broncos last season (including playoffs) and graded out well via Pro Football Focus (+6.6). The Broncos, along with the rest of the NFL, have kept Montgomery on the backburner since free agency opened on March 10th.

Many believed that Montgomery would be re-signed by the Broncos on a team-friendly deal, but as time wore on that possibility fizzled, especially with the trade that brought Gino Gradkowski to Denver via Baltimore.

The Broncos now have three viable players to compete at center—Manuel Ramirez, Matt Paradis, and Gradkowski. Montgomery will immediately start in Chicago, as the Bears released Roberto Garza to make way for the transaction.

Never say never. The Broncos could still look at a 30+ center whom they drafted in 2005—Chris Myers. Myers has played each of his pro seasons but one in Gary Kubiak’s system, whether it was in Denver or Houston.

What’s more likely is that the Broncos are going to stand pat at center and if they add anyone to the mix, it will come via the NFL Draft later this month. They don’t have much room left on the salary cap to make any moves, as they have to budget the majority of the space they have left for their rookie draft class, in which they currently own 10 selections.

Chad Jensen is the Publisher and Lead Analyst for MileHighHuddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen and on Google+.

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