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Bears sign OL Eric Kush to two-year contract

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears signed offensive lineman Eric Kush to a two-year contract, the team announced on Wednesday.

Kush, along with veteran Ted Larsen, filled in admirably at guard last year when injuries forced Kyle Long and Josh Sitton out of the starting lineup. Kush started a career-high four games and appeared in eight contests. Larsen remains an unrestricted free agent.

Prior to joining the Bears, Kush played in seven games for the now-Los Angeles Rams in 2015. He also spent time with Kansas City, Tampa Bay, Carolina and Houston.

Kush clearly has a great opportunity to be one of Chicago’s reserve linemen in 2017. But it will be interesting to see how the rest of the interior offensive line shakes out when 2015 third-round pick Hroniss Grasu returns from a knee injury. The Bears were pleased with rookie Cody Whitehair’s performance at center, and Long and Sitton both have sizable contracts. Long just signed a lucrative extension last season, and Sitton’s $4.650 million base salary and $1.5 million roster bonus becomes fully guaranteed on the third day of the league year.