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Bears might not be done reworking O-line as OTAs begin

Still not satisfied with their offensive line, the Bears will meet with former Washington right tackle Morgan Moses on Wednesday, per ESPN.

Former Washington tackle Morgan Moses is a free agent.
Former Washington tackle Morgan Moses is a free agent.
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Still not satisfied with their offensive line, the Bears plan to meet with former Washington Football Team right tackle Morgan Moses on Wednesday, ESPN reported Tuesday.

Moses has started every game since the start of the 2015 season. Last year, one of those games was at left tackle. Ironically, Washington cut him two weeks ago after signing former Bears left tackle Charles Leno. Like Morgan, Leno is an ironman, having started every game for the past five full seasons.

The Bears saved $9 million in cap room by cutting Leno and designating the transaction as a post-June 1 cut. They would look to pay Moses less.

The Bears traded up to draft Oklahoma State tackle Teven Jenkins in the second round and said after cutting Leno that the rookie would play on the left side. Were the Bears to sign Moses, the 30-year-old former Washington player would be the favorite to start on the right side instead of Germain Ifedi. Ifedi has played guard and tackle for the Bears, and could be a reserve at both spots.

The Bears will spend this week — and next — getting a look at some of those moving parts. Tuesday marked the first day of organized team activities, while Wednesday will signal the first practice in front of the media. Per NFL rules, OTAs can’t include live contact; rather, 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.

Earlier this offseason, the NFLPA published a letter, attributed to Bears players, saying they would not attend voluntary workouts such as OTAs in the name of coronavirus safety — and also, likely, in protest of league owners insisting upon in-person activities. The Bears canceled the start of OTAs, which were supposed to begin last week, partly as a concession to players who did not want to show up.

A source said they had good attendance on the offensive side of the ball, where starter Andy Dalton is getting his first reps with his new teammates and rookie Justin Fields is learning his first NFL offense, during Phase 2 workouts and drills from May 17-21. The three-day mandatory minicamp begins June 15, with training camp set to start July 27.