LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Bobby Massie cleared up any misconceptions about where he intends to play next season.
“I was brought here to play right tackle,” Massie said on Thursday.
In fact, Massie informed the media that good friend Kyle Long, the Bears' former starting right tackle, spent weeks trying to convince the free agent to sign with Chicago.
“Me and Kyle, we've been talking about this for the past two weeks,” Massie said. “He's been in my ear, trying to get me to come to Chicago and recruit me and things, and once I finally did give him notice that I was coming, he was screaming and shouting on the phone. He was real happy to hear that. I talked to him yesterday and I'll see him when I get back in Arizona, just ready to get things down, learn the terminology and the playbook and everything.
"He's a good recruiter. If it's somebody good out there and he wants them on the team, he's got the ability to make that happen because of who he's become on this team. With the position switch [back to right guard], it wouldn't be a problem because he's played there before.”
Massie started 46 games at right tackle for Arizona. He appeared in eight games with zero starts in 2013, one year after starting every game in his rookie season.
Massie said his learned from his second year in the league, and also from his two-game suspension in 2015 for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
“You can’t get the big head,” Massie said. “You’ve got to stay humble. You’ve got to respect the process. That was a big learning experience for me. It helped out a lot even though I didn’t think that it was. I lived and I learned from it. It helped me to succeed in the future.”
The Bears might still be in the market for offensive line depth, but the starting lineup of Massie, Long, Hroniss Grasu, Matt Slauson and Charles Leno appears to be set a month before the team begins the voluntary portion of their offseason program.