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Kyle Long embraces move back to right guard

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears perennial Pro Bowler Kyle Long appears at peace with the clubs' decision Wednesday to sign Arizona Cardinals right tackle Bobby Massie, effectively moving Long back to his original position, right guard, for the 2016 season.

Long played right guard for the Bears from 2013-14 before the team asked him to switch to right tackle at the tail end of the 2015 preseason.

Long told ESPN Radio 1000 in Chicago that he had no preference between tackle or guard.

"I don't care where they put me," Long said. "I'll figure out a way to do it. I'll figure out how to make the guy across from me have a really long day. If it means going back to guard, great. If it means going back to tackle, great."

The plan, for now, calls for Long to slide back inside next to second-year center Hroniss Grasu -- Long's teammate at the University of Oregon.

Massie made 46 career starts for the Cardinals, all at right tackle.

"Bobby Massie is a guy that I've known since I was 16 or 17 years old," Long said. "His big ol' strong country mean. He's everything you want in an offensive lineman. I couldn't be happier with the news that he is going to be a Bear. He called me and was fired up. I'm just jacked up about it, man."

With Long and veteran Matt Slauson, the Bears now arguably have the best guard combination in the NFC.