Last offseason the Bears made it a point to rebuild the offensive line. After spending big bucks on Jermon Bushrod, bringing in veteran Matt Slauson and drafting Kyle Long and Jordan Mills they did just that.
Center Roberto Garza was the lone starter from the season before but now his future is in question. Garza is appraching 35 years old and is coming near the end of his career. The Bears would like to bring him back but most likely won’t offer him any more than the veteran minimum.
Whether Garza will take a low deal to play one more season remains to be seen. Either way the Bears should be looking for a new center. There are some guys in free agency who could catch their eye.
New Orleans Saints center Brian De La Puente has a history with working with current Bears offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Aaron Kromer. He could bolt to Chicago like Bushrod to get the chance to play with his former position coach.
Ted Larsen from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is an intriguing option. He’s played mostly guard in his career but could be ready for a starting center position. He’s still very young and could be a player the Bears keep for quite some time.
The national site has the top 10 free agent offensive lineman here. Don’t expect the Bears to go after any of these guys on the list. They already have their core group set. At this point they just need a center who won’t exactly break the bank.