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Bears Sign Guard Matt Slauson To 1-Year Deal

Matt Slauson. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Matt Slauson. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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(CBS) The Bears agreed to terms with former New York Jets offensive guard Matt Slauson on a one-year contract Friday.

Slauson is a four-year veteran who was originally selected in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft out of Nebraska by the Jets.

“We are excited that Matt will be a Bear,” Bears general manager Phil Emery said in a statement.  “He brings physical play and smarts to the offensive guard position and to the offensive line as an overall unit.  His size, strength and power will allow him to challenge for either of the starting guard positions.”

Slauson has started 48 of his last 51 games and according to the Bears official release, he did not allow a sack in 2012.

Slauson was involved in a little controversy last season, however, after a low block resulted in Texans linebacker Brian Cushing suffering a torn ACL. The NFL fined Slauson $10,000 for what they deemed to be an illegal peel-back block.