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Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Pace wanted to play left tackle

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

Jay Cutler can only hope his career follows the path of Orlando Pace, the future Hall of Fame left tackle whose arrival in Chicago was overshadowed by last week's blockbuster trade.

Pace

Pace was formally introduced Wednesday at the Bears' practice facility, where he confirmed he will remain at his natural left tackle position. Our discussions have gone back and forth on what position Pace is best suited for at this point in his career, but the Bears' flexibility ultimately might have sealed the agreement.

The Baltimore Ravens were also pursuing Pace but wanted him to play right tackle.

Pace: "That was one of the things that really factored. I wanted to get into a situation that was right for me. I'm comfortable playing left tackle. Right tackle would have been a stretch for me, but just in speaking with [coach Lovie Smith] and the coaches, they felt that was a better move for me. That made Chicago even more of a sweeter deal for me."

Meanwhile, check out the video currently playing on the Bears' Web site. Here's the link. It's nothing crazy, but provides a cool documentary-style look at Cutler's first few minutes in the building last Friday. Cutler betrays some nervousness and a few This Really Happened expressions on his face.

(Thursday update: I added a link and deleted the embedded video because it had an auto-start that was annoying me, if not many of you, every time I refreshed the blog. Sorry for the confusion.)