St. Clair chooses Browns; Bears need to respond

March 17th, 2009 - 5:55 pm

The Bears’ hope of re-signing John St. Clair to maintain continuity on the offensive line was quashed Tuesday when St. Clair signed a three-year contract with the Cleveland Browns.

The contract, according to the Sun-Times’ Brad Biggs, is believed to be less than what the Bears offered, but St. Clair will make more in the first year of the deal.

The Bears now have the responsibility to sign another veteran tackle. The hope was for newly acquired Frank Omiyale to play guard, but if the Bears don’t sign another tackle, that would leave he and Chris Williams as the starting tackles, two guys with a total of one career start.

The free agent pickings appear slim, although Pro Bowler Orlando Pace still remains on the market. Can the Bears count on him, though, for a full season considering his injury past? Things look bleak at the moment and it’s on Jerry Angelo’s head to make a move to upgrade an important part of the offensive line.