Bears cut former Pro Bowl OG Josh Sitton

Cardinals can consider G Josh Sitton in free agency

Tuesday it was announced that the Chicago Bears would not be picking up the 2018 contract option for veteran guard Josh Sitton, which now means he'll become a free agent on March 14. Sitton remains a very effective starting guard, a position where the Texans optimally need two new starters.

The four-time Pro Bowler will turn 32-years-old this offseason.

The Giants should have multiple free agent offensive linemen on their radar this offseason, especially given Gettleman's draft philosophy. Adding Sitton to an already-solid Falcons offensive line could put them over the top as a favorite in the NFC.

Sitton started 11 games for the Bears at left guard last season, and another pair of games at right guard.

The three-time All-Pro is arguably an upgrade over Pugh. According to Pro Football Focus, Sitton graded out at 86.0 in 2017, making him the fifth-highest ranked guard of the season.

Two people familiar with the situation said Tuesday the Bears have chose to decline their option on Sitton for next season and release Freeman.

There are some concerns with injuries but no more than Pugh. Unfortunately, injuries have limited him of late as he has missed three games in each of the last two seasons. Signing Sitton could be an equally successful venture for a team that is on the brink of winning a title. At just $8 million, Sitton's final-year option in Chicago was more than reasonable.

"I am planning on playing and hitting free agency and continuing to play at a high level", Sitton told Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.

Atlanta believes in their development program, and throwing as much as $10 million a year, potentially, at a 31-year-old doesn't fall in line with that thinking.

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