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Miller gives Bears important depth at tackle

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
The Chicago Bears' decision to sign veteran tackle Fred Miller on Wednesday gives them the depth they've needed at the position since first-round draft pick Chris Williams had back surgery last month.

The Bears have been talking to Miller for the better part of a month. By signing him after the first game of the season, Chicago won't have to guarantee his base salary this season. The Bears did give him a $40,000 signing bonus, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Miller's arrival isn't likely to shake up the starting lineup. John Tait will remain the starter at right tackle with John St. Clair on the left side. Miller will back up Tait, who can also play left tackle and would be the likeliest candidate to slide over if something happened to St. Clair.