The Bears on Monday bolstered their offensive line by signing veteran guard/tackle Michael Schofield to a one-year contract.
Schofield, 31, has appeared in 102 NFL games with 81 starts over seven seasons with the Broncos (2014-16), Chargers (2017-19 and 2021) and Panthers (2020).
The 6-6, 303-pounder was selected by the Broncos in the third round of the 2014 draft out of Michigan. He became Denver's starting right tackle in his second year, opening all 13 regular season games and three postseason contests he played, including the Broncos' 24-10 win over the Panthers in Super Bowl 50.
Schofield started all 16 games at right guard in 2016 but was waived during final cuts in 2017. Claimed the next day by the Chargers, he moved back to right tackle in 2017 and then started all 16 games at right guard in both 2018 and 2019.
Schofield signed with the Panthers in 2020, appearing in 11 games with three starts—two at left guard and one at left tackle. He joined the Ravens in June 2021 but was released as part of final cuts. He then returned to the Chargers for a second stint last September and played 15 games with 12 starts at right tackle.
Schofield is a Chicago area native who grew up in Orland Park and attended Carl Sandburg High School. He's married to Kendall Coyne Schofield, who won a gold medal in the 2018 Olympics as a member of the U.S. women's national ice hockey team. She currently works for the Chicago Blackhawks as a player development coach and youth hockey growth specialist.
Michael Schofield shares the same name as the lead character in the popular television series "Prison Break." The new Bears lineman acknowledges the coincidence in his Twitter profile, noting that he has "never tried breaking out of prison."