The Cleveland Browns quickly filled their vacancy at offensive tackle, signing John St. Clair to a three-year,
$9 million contract, the Chicago Sun-Times reported on Tuesday:
- The deal contains $600,00 guaranteed, which is believed to be less than the Bears had offered in a $4.5 million, three-year contract.
- Now, the Bears will have to venture out into the market and find a right tackle or draft one high in the draft or both. Undrafted college free agent Cody Balogh played right tackle in minicamp Tuesday.
The Browns wouldn’t comment on the report.
Coincidentally, the Sun-Times mentions Kevin Shaffer, who was released last week by the Browns, as a possible replacement for St. Clair in Chicago. Marvel Smith and Orlando Pace also were listed in the Sun-Times report.
The Bears appear to need help at both tackle spots after losing John Tait, who’s expected to retire, and now