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Chicago Bears agree to trade 5th round pick for Buffalo Bills lineman Ryan Bates

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CHICAGO (CBS) – The Chicago Bears agreed to a trade Monday to add to their offensive line.

The team announced it had acquired Ryan Bates from the Buffalo Bills for a fifth-round draft pick, although the trade cannot become official until March 13, the start of the new league year. Bates also has to pass a physical.

Bates, 27, has started 19 games in five seasons in Buffalo. He also appeared in nine playoff games, starting four.

Bates, 6-foot-4, 302 pounds, and played college ball at Penn State, went undrafted in 2019 before signing with the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Bears said they attempted to acquire Bates in March of 2022 when he was a restricted free agent, but the Bills matched the offer.

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