Matt Slauson lines up visits with Chargers, Bills

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The Bears released guard Matt Slauson last Sunday and it hasn’t taken long for the first report about visits with other teams to surface.

Adam Caplan of ESPN reports that Slauson is scheduled to visit with the Chargers and Bills. Slauson will find familiar faces in each stop.

The Chargers hired Dave DeGuglielmo as an assistant offensive line coach this offseason and Slauson worked with DeGuglielmo when he was the Jets’ offensive line coach in 2012. The Chargers have D.J. Fluker and Orlando Franklin at guard and added Donavon Clark in the seventh round of the draft.

DeGuglielmo was on Rex Ryan’s staff with the Jets and, as most are certainly aware, Ryan is now the head coach of the Bills. Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports that the Bills are looking at Slauson as an option at right tackle, where Jordan Mills, Cyrus Kouandjio and Seantrel Henderson could also be in the mix.

18 responses to “Matt Slauson lines up visits with Chargers, Bills

  1. I guess Slauson got “ship rexed” and is hoping to land in Buffalo.

    However trying him at right tackle would not be the right answer for Buffalo.

  2. Indybear says:
    May 4, 2016 10:06 AM

    Cutting Slauson will somehow, somewhere come back to haunt my Bears. Stupid move by Pace and Fox.
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    I think Pace and Fox are going all-in on their plan to get younger, more athletic, and more explosive across the board. Massie, Long, Grasu, and Leno are all more athletic linemen, and Slauson was the anomaly in being a road grader. I am curious to see whether they would have cut him had they been able to get Spriggs at 49 for LT, and not have the Packers jump ahead of them. But it is apparent he doesn’t fit the mold of what they are doing moving forward. But he was still their best performer last season outside of Long, who was out of position and took a step back.

    Either way, it all depends on how well Whitehair plays as a rookie. If he plays well, the Bears made the right call. If he bombs, and we have to watch Larsen or Ramirez at LG, then it was a bad move.

  3. Slauson is a class act and I hope he lands with the right team. Enjoyed having him on the Bears and was sad to see him go. Whoever signs him will probably add a rock solid guard and improve the locker room.

  4. Not a great player at this point, but a valuable one. If the Dolphins had the sense to pick him up they could actually field five NFL-quality linemen at the same time, something that hasn’t happened since before Marino retired.

  5. Totally agree with Indybear. Grasu was terrible last year and Charles Leno was sketchy at best.

    To go into this season without our best hedge against Grasu failing (Slauson) and literally no competition or depth at LT appear to be high-risk / limited reward choices by Pace, indeed.

  6. Slausen a class act? In what universe? Did he reform after he took out Cushing’s knee? Hard to get dirtier than diving full force into a man’s knee, from behind, when’s he’s completely out of the play.
    I tell you who WAS classy – Cushing. Never said a word against Slausen.

  7. Best of luck Matt, appreciate all your efforts while a Bear! You are a class act and I’m sure you still have a few productive years in you!

  8. “How do you get there? Let me tell you friends, how do you get there! You take the San Diego Freeway to the Ventura Freeway. You drive to the Slauson Cutoff, get out of your car, cut off your Slauson, get back in your car, then you drive six miles till you see the Giant Neon Vice-Squad Cop.”

    — Johnny Carson as Used Care Salesman Art Fern

  9. He is exactly the type of player the Bills need. The right side of the line was a disaster last year and Slauson would provide a strong stabilizing force. He’s certainly a better guard than a tackle, but I am sure he’d be a better tackle than the revolving door of Mills Henderson, and Kouandjio that the Bills trotted out last year

  10. Henderson was sick.. Played well as a Rookie.. sort of… and has lots of potential. Mills and Kouandjio struggle. Would be a nice add to get Slauson to either win the job outright or push Henderson to his natural talent level.

  11. Buffalo fans: Slauson is not a tackle, at all. He is strictly an interior OL. He started at LG for the Bears but also did a nice job subbing at C for a few games when Will Montgomery went down and Grasu wasn’t up to the task. Good, hardworking O-Lineman and a great lockerroom presence but he will not be upgrading anyone’s tackle situation.

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