New Bears offensive lineman Josh Sitton swears the decision to sign with NFC North rival Chicago was not meant to get back at the Green Bay Packers, who released the three-time Pro Bowl guard over the weekend, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago reports.
“Honestly, it didn’t have anything to do with sticking it to the Packers,” Sitton said Monday. “I’m more familiar with the division. [Chicago is] close to where I was. I like the weather up here. We had a few other teams interested. It’s too damn hot in the south.”
With a three-year, $21.5 million contract in hand, Sitton, 30, is getting a crash course in the Bears’ offense with six days left until the regular-season opener. The veteran smiled when asked how quickly he expects to learn the new terminology.
“Ask me next Monday,” Sitton said. “I’ll let you know. The offense is completely different. Obviously, all the plays you run are the same thing. It’s just terminology. You got to learn it. That shouldn’t be too terrible.
“But I wanted to get the decision made yesterday or today, as quickly as I can. I wanted to get to where I was going and be able to learn the offense and be able to jump in right this week. The longer it took, the harder it would have been to learn the offense. Chicago, they had me in first, and they got it done first.”