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Bears re-sign Scott

If competition breeds success, then the Bears figure to have a much more successful offensive line next season.

The Bears re-signed veteran offensive tackle Jonathan Scott to a one-year contract Monday. Scott, a 30-year-old who stands 6-foot-6 and weighs 318 pounds, started seven games and appeared in five others last season for the Bears.

Scott likely will compete with J'Marcus Webb and Gabe Carimi during training camp for a starting position at right tackle. Carimi could move inside to guard if he does not win a starting tackle job, while Scott or Webb would be suited best for a backup swing tackle position if they are not named as a starter.

Webb started at left tackle last season but likely will be replaced at that spot by former New Orleans Saints lineman Jermon Bushrod, who signed a five-year deal March 12.

By re-signing Scott, the Bears likely will not focus on a tackle in the first round of the NFL draft. They still could select an interior offensive lineman or choose to bolster another position such as linebacker, tight end, wide receiver or defensive tackle.

It's also possible that the Bears could trade down from the No. 20 overall selection in order to accumulate more picks.

-Tom Musick



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