After the Green Bay Packers made the decision to cut left guard Josh Sitton on Saturday, it didn’t take the three-time Pro Bowl guard much time to find new work on Sunday. He took a visit to see the bitter rival Chicago Bears, and late Sunday night ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that he had agreed to terms on a three-year, $21.75 million deal.
Josh Sitton signing a 3-year, $21.75 million deal that includes $10M guaranteed with the Chicago Bears, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 5, 2016
A fourth-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft out of the University of Central Florida, Sitton became a stalwart on the Packers’ offensive line. The AP named him second-team All-Pro in each of his last three seasons.
However, with no dead cap left on his deal and Sitton set to make $6.85 million in 2016, the Packers opted to go in another direction and shed his salary as he enters his age-30 season.
With the Bears seeing starting center Hroniss Grasu go down with a torn ACL and needing interior line help, they capitalized on the opportunity. He’ll now pair with another Pro Bowl guard Kyle Long, who signed a four-year extension on Saturday, to form one of the more talented interior lines in the NFL.
Meanwhile, another guard by trade, rookie Cody Whitehair, will likely move around (he’s practiced at center this preseason) along the interior offensive line, giving the Bears considerably more depth and talent.
Sitton’s deal includes $10 million in guaranteed money. He’ll return to Green Bay to face his former teammates for the first time on Thursday, Oct. 20.