Free agent Pro Bowl left tackle Jermon Bushrod agreed to five-year contract worth a reported $36 million with the Chicago Bears, filling a long-standing need for a blind-side protector for quarterback Jay Cutler.
Bushrod was targeted by the Bears to rejoin offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer, the offensive line coach with the Saints who helped develop Bushrod into a starting tackle.
The deal reportedly includes $17.715 million in guaranteed money.
The Bears could slide J'Marcus Webb to right tackle, where the seventh-round pick began his career, and general manager Phil Emery might further address the offensive line.
Gabe Carimi played reasonably well at offensive guard last season and Lance Louis, returning from a torn knee ligament, was at times the Bears most consistent blocker according to former offensive coordinator Mike Tice.
Bushrod, 28, was a fourth-round pick in 2007. He entered the starting lineup when Jammal Brown was injured in 2009 -- and later dealt to the Washington Redskins.