The Chicago Bears have agreed to terms on a five-year deal with two-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jermon Bushrod, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, Bushrod's deal is worth $35.965 million and includes $17.715 million in guaranteed money.
Bushrod entered the NFL with the New Orleans Saints, who selected the Towson product in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. Bushrod appeared in just three games during his first two seasons in the NFL before emerging as a starter during the 2009 season.
The Saints re-signed Bushrod to a two-year, $9.6 million contract following the 2011 lockout. That contract was rewarded with back-to-back appearances in the Pro Bowl and now receives a $7 million per year contract to protect Jay Cutler's blindside.
Chicago's offensive line allowed 44 sacks last season and ranked 24th in Football Outsiders' "Adjusted Sack Rate". The Bears changed coaching staffs this offseason and first-year offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer previously worked as the Saints' offensive line coach, so Bushrod should have no trouble acclimating to his new team. Adding Bushrod likely means J'Marcus Webb and 2011 first-round pick Gabe Carimi will compete for the starting right tackle position this offseason with the runner-up moving inside to guard.
With Bushrod moving on, the Saints will likely 2010 second-round pick Charles Brown to left tackle.