Bears sign offensive lineman Ted Larsen, get guard depth

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The Bears signed Ted Larsen to a 1-year deal Thursday. (AP)

Continuing to add depth to their offensive line, the Bears signed interior lineman Ted Larsen to a one-year deal Thursday.

Larsen spent the last two seasons with the Cardinals after being drafted in 2010 by the Buccaneers. He’s started 57 games — 34 at left guard, 13 at right guard and 10 at center.

Larsen, 28, started the first three games last year at left guard and the last seven at right guard, next to new Bears right tackle Bobby Massie.

The Bears, of course, are set at both guard spots. Kyle Long is returning to right guard after Matt Slauson has been steady on the left side.

Wednesday, the Bears signed Manny Ramirez, a center/guard, to compete with second-year center Hroniss Grasu. Slauson played center last year, too.

Earlier this month, coach John Fox reiterated the Bears would start the season with Long at right guard and Massie at tackle.

“We needed to improve our offensive line,” he said. “Could’ve gone a lot of different directions but we were able to obtain Bobby and that’s how we’re going to start. He makes us better.”

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