Bears Sign Robert Turner

The Bears have signed offensive lineman Robert Turner, according to his agency, Schwartz and Feinsod (Twitter link). Turner spent last season with the Titans, starting six games at center.

Turner, 29, went undrafted out of New Mexico in 2007. He joined the Jets as a free agent, and spent five years in New York, working mostly as a backup and on special teams. He signed with the Rams for the 2012 season, and started all 16 games, grading out as the 20th-best center in the league per Pro Football Focus (subscription required). PFF’s advanced metrics weren’t so kind to Turner in 2013, when he ranked as the third-worst center in the NFL.

In Chicago, Turner will join a offensive line that was fifth-best at pass-protection, according to Football Outsiders. However, backup center Brian De La Puente sprained his MCL today and will miss a few weeks, while right guard Kyle Long has only recently returned to the field after battling a viral infection. Turner’s ability to handle both center and guard will come in handy for the Bears as the season progresses.

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