After four seasons with the Jets, Matt Slauson has signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears, his new team announced today.
Slauson started all 16 games in each of the past three seasons. He was a sixth-round pick out of Nebraska in the 2009 draft. Last season, Slauson started all 16 games at left guard but was involved in a rotation with Vlad Ducasse that became a point of contention midway through last season. Then-offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo said that the missive to play Ducasse came from “high above me.” Rex Ryan later shot down that it was a call from the front office. Slauson took a pay cut prior to last season. However, Slauson went on to have a productive season. According to Pro Football Focus, Slauson graded out as the 14th-best pass blocking guard in the NFL. Brandon Moore, the team’s starting right guard, is still a free agent as well.
I wish Matt all the best with the Bears. He was an underrated lineman for us and he didn’t get a fair share of playing time last season. Since being named starting Left Guard for the past three seasons, he has never missed a game. I don’t know who will replace him. Will it be Vlad? or a draft pick? Either way the Jets O-line will have at least two new starters next season, assuming Moore doesn’t re-sign.