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Bears sign offensive guard Vladimir Ducasse

The Chicago Bears announced on Monday the signing of guard Vladimir Ducasse to a one-year contract.

A fifth-year veteran, Ducasse (6-5, 325 pounds) played in 63 games with 11 starts with the New York Jets (2010-13) and Minnesota Vikings.

A native of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Ducasse brings versatility to the Bears, having started six games at left guard, four at right guard and one as a sixth-eligible lineman.

Ducasse came into the league in 2010 as a second-round pick by the Jets out of the University of Massachusetts, and joins a fairly deep Bears offensive line, which features Pro Bowler Kyle Long at guard opposite Matt Slausen, who finished last season on the injured reserve due to a pectoral muscle.

Michael Ola, who started 12 games (seven contests at left guard, two at left tackle and three at right tackle), currently serves as the team’s top reserve at guard.