Bears sign Holmes and Smith to bolster O-line depth

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LAKE FOREST, Ill. – After allowing seven sacks in Thursday’s preseason opener, the Bears are beefing up their offensive line.

The team announced two veteran signings today – former Colt, Khaled Holmes and former Dolphin, Shelley Smith.

Holmes appeared in 17 games during his three years in Indianapolis, including nine starts.

Once described as the Colts’ “center of the future,” Holmes lost his starting job multiple times after injuring his ankle in the team’s 2014 preseason opener.

Smith comes to Chicago with plenty of experience around the league.

The former sixth round pick out of Colorado State is entering his seventh season in the NFL, appearing in 36 games for the Rams and Dolphins while only making eleven starts.

Smith has also been hampered by injuries in the past, sitting out the entire 2011 season with an ankle injury.

In order to make room for Smith and Holmes, the Bears waived undrafted rookie offensive linemen Dan Buchholz and Donovan Williams.