Bears Guard Josh Sitton Named Pro Bowl Replacement
The Chicago Bears’ 3-13 was mostly forgettable, but two of the team’s top performers are headed to the Pro Bowl.
Guard Josh Sitton is the latest Bears player to be added to the NFC’s Pro Bowl squad, replacing Green Bay Packers guard T.J. Lang – who will not play because of an injury he suffered during the team’s NFC Championship Game loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
Sitton and Lang were teammates with the Packers before Sitton was let go at the end of the preseason. Upon signing with the Bears, Sitton received a three-year contract worth a reported $21.75 million with $10 million in guarantees.
This marks Sitton’s third consecutive Pro Bowl appearance and fourth overall.
On an individual level, he was outstanding as he earned Pro Football Focus’ No. 3 passing grade (91.2) and graded out as the No. 21 rated offensive lineman in the NFL. Sitton’s presence helped solidify the interior of the Bears’ offensive line and helped spring rookie running back Jordan Howard to a Pro Bowl season of his own. Unfortunately, Sitton’s presence alone wasn’t enough to make the Bears offensive line elite as it ranked in the middle of PFF’s season rankings.
The Pro Bowl will take place Sunday at Camping World Stadium in Orlando as the game returns to its roots in pitting the best players from the AFC and NFC against each other.