Bears swap tackles, sign Browns’ Shaffer

March 25th, 2009 - 4:07 pm

The Bears signed veteran offensive tackle Kevin Shaffer on Wednesday to help bolster a depleted offensive line. Shaffer was replaced in Cleveland by former Bear John St. Clair, so the Bears and Browns essentially traded tackles.

Shaffer, 29, started all but one of his 48 games with the Browns the past three seasons. He told the Chicago Tribune a few weeks ago that he wanted to play for the Bears and it ultimately culminated in him signing a three-year contract with the team.

The acquisition of Shaffer could mean that Frank Omiyale moves back to left guard, where the Bears had planned on inserting him since they signed him. Omiyale had to play right tackle at the team’s minicamp last week because he, Chris Williams, and Cody Balogh were the only tackles on the roster.

Although they’ve added at least some depth to the line, I wouldn’t put it past the Bears to still consider drafting an offensive tackle in the first round of April’s draft.