Bears sign T.J. Clemmings

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The Bears have added an offensive lineman with starting experience to the roster.

The team announced the signing of T.J. Clemmings on Friday. Offensive lineman Tommy Doles was waived in a corresponding move.

Clemmings was a 2015 fourth-round pick by the Vikings and started all 16 games at right tackle during his rookie season after Phil Loadholt tore his Achilles. He moved to the left side and started 14 games in place of an injured Matt Kalil the next season, but failed to make the team in 2017.

Clemmings spent that year with Washington and appeared in four games for the Raiders last year before landing on injured reserve with a knee injury.

The Bears had Bradley Sowell as a swing tackle behind Charles Leno and Bobby Massie last season, but they’re using him at tight end during offseason work. Rashaad Coward and Cornelius Lucas are other backup tackle options.

19 responses to “Bears sign T.J. Clemmings

  1. This is why you can never pencil in a team as good based on the previous season. The Bears lost half their O-line this offseason. They will not be as good a team this year.

  2. Who knows? This kid could actually be good. He’s been undercoached for the first few years in the league, playing where athletes go to die and then Washington & The Raiders.

    He has survived and now gets a new lease on life.

  3. @vikesfansteve

    Clearly you have no idea what you’re talking about. The entire starting line returns healthy and intact. They shuffled the line to play players and their natural positions, but everyone is there. Perhaps you’re confused by the Vikings’ off-season need to solidify their O-Line.

  4. I always thought he was an okay back-up at RT for the Vikes even though he got thrown into the fire pretty quickly that first year.

  5. edenprairieballer says:
    May 31, 2019 at 1:36 pm
    Hearing the name T.J. Clemmings gives me PTSD.

    In all fairness to him, he should NEVER been put in the position to start at left tackle.

    He did no better at right tackle or as a rotational player. Minnesota really liked his upside but he never worked at developing himself getting stronger or reading defensive moves.

  6. We will see how good the Bears are this year defending their title and playing a 1st place schedule.

  7. I don’t like to say ill of any player since Fred Smoot – but TJ was horrible with the Vikings. Blocking the view? not even that much! TJ started out as a Defensive lineman in College. Perhaps he needed more time to develop. The Vikings began about a 5 year horror of O line play shortly after he was drafted Did every starter and half the back ups go down in T J’s first two years? I hope if he can make it as an NFL player – lets hope Bears crown prince, Brad Childress, does not school T J on zone blocking and kick ass offense tactics. As NOT EVEN Matt Birk could learn from the great Brad Chidress – let alone a kid who was 2 years away from being a defensive tackle. At the time he was drafted he was thought to be a second round pick but fell due to injuries. Here is his time to shine in a great offense if Childress says nothing

  8. The kid got thrown in as a rookie when he should have sat for a year to bulk up and get coached. After surviving a rough year as a rookie right tackle, he promptly wound up thrown in at left tackle the following year. His confidence was destroyed as was the confidence of the fans in him. Hard to tell if he has the talent to be a good lineman, he never got the kind of start he needed. It wasn’t the Vikings fault either, injuries forced him into the lineup. But a lot of players (quarterbacks in particular) are ruined by being forced to start before they are ready. I don’t want him back but wish him well.

  9. If you can’t make the Vikings team as an O lineman given how bad their O line is, it might be time to consider what you are going to do with your life after the NFL

  10. spiritanimalchicagobears says:
    May 31, 2019 at 12:54 pm


    Clearly you have no idea what you’re talking about.//////

    He isn’t a Vikings fan that’s why he seems confused. He never knows what he is talking about – Vikings/Bears or NFL.

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