The Chicago Bears addressed their offensive line depth on Thursday (Friday in Manila) by signing former Carolina Panthers tackle Nate Chandler, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed.
Chandler, who turned 27 on Wednesday, entered the league as an undrafted free agent and as a defensive tackle in 2012. The Panthers moved him to offense, where he started 19 of the 37 games in which he played. His main position is right tackle.
Chandler missed most of last season while on injured reserve. He injured the meniscus in his right knee in 2014, and the surgically repaired knee became problematic in September 2015. The Panthers placed him on injured reserve after Week 1, then released him in March.
The Bears also considered former No. 1 overall pick Jake Long for their swing tackle opening. Long spent most of last season as a backup with the Atlanta Falcons.
NFL Network was first to report the Chandler signing.