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Bears ink offensive lineman Larsen

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The Bears on Wednesday signed free-agent offensive lineman Ted Larsen to a one-year contract.

Larsen, 31, was released by the Dolphins March 7 after appearing in 23 games with 21 starts the past two seasons. The 6-3, 323-pounder made 13 starts at left guard last year, one of which was a Week 6 overtime win over the Bears in Miami. 

Larsen spent the 2016 season with the Bears, playing in all 16 games while making eight starts at right guard in place of the injured Kyle Long. Larsen was part of an offensive line that helped running back Jordan Howard set the Bears rookie rushing record with 1,313 yards and earn an invitation to the Pro Bowl.

Larsen was selected by the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2010 draft out of North Carolina State. Waived by New England before the regular season, he was claimed by the Buccaneers and started the final 11 games of his rookie season at left guard.

Larsen remained with Tampa Bay through 2013, starting a total of 31 games (20 at left guard and 11 at center). He spent the next two seasons with the Cardinals, starting all 16 games in 2014 (14 at left guard and two at right guard) and opening all 10 contests he played in 2015 (three at left guard and seven at right guard).

Two of the Bears’ reserve linemen from last season, Eric Kush and Bryan Witzmann, are both unrestricted free agents.

Take a look at the Bears players officially slated to become unrestricted, restricted or exclusive restricted free agents when the NFL's free agency period begins.

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