Bears To Sign OL Germain Ifedi

The Bears and offensive lineman Germain Ifedi are in agreement on a one-year contract, per Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (Twitter link). Financial details are not yet known, but it is likely not a high-dollar deal.

The Seahawks drafted Ifedi in the first round of the 2016 draft, and though he has been a full-time starter since his rookie campaign, he has never lived up to that billing. Seattle declined his fifth-year option last May, and his play did not improve enough to make the team regret that decision.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll did express interest in bringing Ifedi back, but no reports of negotiations between the two sides ever surfaced. Instead, the Texas A&M product will attempt to rebuild his value with the Bears.

Rapoport says that the Bears — who have Bobby Massie penciled in at right tackle — could give Ifedi a shot at guard. He played guard in his rookie season in Seattle before kicking out to RT.

Chicago’s O-line was one of the worst in the league in 2019, but Ifedi represents the lone free agent addition the club has made to that unit thus far.

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12 comments on “Bears To Sign OL Germain Ifedi

  1. Hawktattoo

    This actually makes Chicago’s offensive line worse. Every year thought he would get better…never did.

    • ayrbhoy

      I can see why a lot of Hawks of fans hate him- just like Michael Bennett it always seemed like Ifedi would get a penalty called on him at the absolute worst time in a game. Personally I thought he had a good 2019 and I was hoping we could bring him back at a good price. Not because I thought he would continue to show improvement but because I didn’t want the Hawks to go with so many new players on their line next year.

      • Stephen Anthony

        The one difference was Bennett was producing at a high level that negated some of the penalties. Ifedi never did.

  2. ayrbhoy

    I’m curious to see how Ifedi does protecting a QB who’s less mobile than RW3. It must be really challenging to be a RT for a QB who escapes the pocket as much as RW3.

    • Hannibal8us

      You’re assuming that It wasn’t Ifedi’s fault that was causing Wilson to scramble. I actually think a scrambling QB can make up for bad OL play.

      • compassrose

        With RWs scrambling ability Ifedi still was around 13th in the league for sacks allowed and 7th in offsides encroachment or false starts. Lol I do think he might have gotten a few encroachment penalties. He would bock guys who would be waiting for Wilson on a 5 step dropback. I would have rather had Fant stay and he mostly came in as a TE to have an extra blocker. Our OL has been bad for so long I am surprised Wilson signed until they fixed it. Been so many wiffs and poor trades. The OL has been Pete’s downfall of his NFL coaching.

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