The Chicago Bears today are set to sign former Denver Broncos center Will Montgomery as a direct replacement for the departing Roberto Garza.
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The Chicago Tribune's Rich Campbell broke the news which will see new Chicago head coach John Fox reunited with one of his former players under his charge at Mile High Stadium.
Montgomery's arrival means that he was with the Broncos for just one season having arrived from the Washington Redskins where he amassed 77 NFL games.
Montgomery, 32, will move straight into the starting center spot vacated by Robert Garza. The 36-year was informed the Bears that he will be released after 10 years of service with the franchise.
Garza actually signed a one-year extension in the closing stages of the 2014 campaign but clearly John Fox and co are planning on starting afresh. The 36-year-old leaves having played in 154 games for Chicago, starting at center since 2011 while captaining during that time also.
Four years Garza's junior, it is hoped that Will Montgomery will offer a little more athleticism at the center spot. Both Fox and offensive coordinator Adam Gase are aware of what the former Redskins' man brings to the table with the duo promoting Montgomery to the starting center spot in Denver mid-way through the 2014 season.
The working relationship between Jon Fox and his new recruit run past the 2014 campaign though. The head coach was in charge of the Carolina Panthers at the time that the franchise selected Montgomery in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL Draft.
Chicago Bears fans may be sad to see Roberto Garza depart but, after the franchise's struggles on offense last season, something had to be done by the new regime to kickstart an upturn in form.
The switch at center isn't the only change on the offensive side of the ball so far this offseason.
With veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall having departed for the New York Jets the team has signed former Charger Eddie Royal. Meanwhile there is still indecision at the quarterback spot.
Jay Cutler seems to be the likely starter but John Fox hasn't ruled out a QB competition in the future.
What do you think Bears fans? Can Fox turn around the team's struggling offense, and will the change at center work out? Let us know in the comments section below...
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