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Josh Sitton signing: Chicago Bears sign Pro Bowl guard

Giants will have to search elsewhere for offensive line help

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Well, New York Giants fans you can forget the idea that three-time Pro Bowl guard Josh Sitton will come to New York to upgrade the team’s offensive line. Sitton has reportedly signed with the Chicago Bears.

Chicago is reportedly giving the 30-year-old Sitton a three-year, $21.75 million contract with $10 million guaranteed. The Giants had the cap room to match that deal, but we don’t know if they were given the opportunity. Besides, the view here is that the deal Sitton got from the Bears is a rich, and long, one for a player who reportedly has chronic back issues.

Sitton would certainly have been a nice get for the Giants, and has had a better career than the player he would likely have replace in the Giants’ lineup — John Jerry. The primary issue the Giants had on the offensive line in 2015, and again through the preseason, was, however, at the tackle spots. Signing Sitton, as nice as it might have been, would not have helped there.

The Giants will continue to hope that second-year left tackle Ereck Flowers shows improvement from his rookie season. There is also the possibility, maybe probability, that the returning Will Beatty takes over from Marshall Newhouse at some point.

As of now, the Giants are still carrying only eight offensive linemen on their 53-man roster. They could still make a depth move this week, or even after Week 1 when contracts of vested veterans signed as free agents are not guaranteed for the full season.