The 29 year old Shaffer has played in 100 games, starting 81 with the Atlanta Falcons and the Cleveland Browns.
The Bears were unable to sign John St. Clair a week ago, after he signed with Shaffer’s former team the Cleveland Browns.
The Bears got the better part of the “swap”, because Shaffer is younger and has more experience than the 32 year old St. Clair, who was going to be replaced soon or later.
The 6’5″ Shaffer started 47 of 48 games, 31 at right tackle and 16 at left tackle in his three seasons with the Browns.
This not only shows Shaffer durability, but also his chances at becoming the starter at right tackle.
There is nothing bad about this move, Shaffer helps the thin Bears offensive line, and recently signed Frank Omiyale can now compete at LG with Josh Beekman.
This is what Shaffer had to say about the signing:
”I am glad we were able to work something out, it’s something we were talking about for a while, and I am definitely excited.
”The goal is to come in and win a starting job. We haven’t talked too much about that, but when I get there, I want to show them what I can do. I have always been a hard worker, and I am in a situation where I am going to prove myself.”
all quotes from chicagosuntimes.com