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Bears announce Kyle Long signed through 2021 season

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Word of a four-year extension for Bears guard Kyle Long broke over the weekend and the Bears confirmed the deal in an official announcement on Wednesday.

The Bears announced that Long is now signed through the 2021 season, which means the extension will kick in after the 2017 season. Long is playing his fourth year in 2016 and will play the 2017 season under the terms of the team option that the Bears exercised on his rookie contract.

“Kyle is extremely talented, a great teammate and more than deserving of this contract,” General Manager Ryan Pace said in a statement. “He is a big piece of the foundation we are building and we only expect him to continue to get better. We are excited to announce this long-term commitment to Kyle.”

Long’s extension is reportedly worth up to $40 million over the life of the contract. He’s scheduled to make $8.821 million under the terms of the 2017 option.

With Josh Sitton signing a three-year deal in Chicago last weekend and Long signed for an even longer period, the Bears should have the guard spot under control for the near future.

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12 Responses to “Bears announce Kyle Long signed through 2021 season”
  1. bassplucker says: Sep 7, 2016 12:39 PM

    I thought this happened days ago already. Or at least that’s how it was reported. Whatever, it’s a good move by Pace and very well deserved by Long. Whether anyone will ever cop to it or not, he had a lot to do with Josh Sitton winding up in Chicago.

  2. pftpoettwo says: Sep 7, 2016 12:47 PM

    Yep- great move. Tie up a lot of cap room on guards. Oh wait, this isn’t the NBA?

  3. iowahbr says: Sep 7, 2016 12:59 PM

    Now if only the Bears had some decent players at the “skilled and touch the ball” positions.

  4. chicagobtech says: Sep 7, 2016 1:00 PM

    bassplucker says:
    Sep 7, 2016 12:39 PM

    I thought this happened days ago already.
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    The paperwork was signed this morning.

  5. mcdeez22 says: Sep 7, 2016 1:05 PM

    Long, Sitton, and Massie = 3/5 of a great OL. A lot hinges on Larsen, Leno, and Whitehair filling out the other two spots well. The preseason was abysmal but there is some hope they can gel and get this figured out. Great job by Pace locking up Kyle. He’s easily the best player on the roster.

  6. Indybear says: Sep 7, 2016 1:23 PM

    Nice! Great for the team and the locker room.

  7. bassplucker says: Sep 7, 2016 1:28 PM

    Yep- great move. Tie up a lot of cap room on guards. Oh wait, this isn’t the NBA?
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    Actually it’s a philosophy Bears GM Ryan Pace brought over with him from the Saints. When the Saints offense was in its prime they had one of the best if not the best interior OL in the league. Strong OGs help the running game and allow the QB to step up in the pocket. It also explains why Pace drafted a G this year (Whitehair) in the top half of the 2nd round, which would be considered high for a G by many.

  8. ragnarthemagnificent says: Sep 7, 2016 1:32 PM

    Great move, someone for Everson Griffin and Linval Joseph to run over for the next 5 years!

  9. purpleguy says: Sep 7, 2016 1:57 PM

    Those are two pretty good OGs. I wish the Pack had traded Sitton to the AFC.

  10. 1969nflchampionskansascitychiefs says: Sep 7, 2016 1:58 PM

    “Great move, someone for Everson Griffin and Linval Joseph to run over for the next 5 years!”

    Not even Griffin or Joesph believe the Vikings are contenders and they definitely wouldn’t say that about going against two of the best Guards in the entire NFL. Only delusional Viking fans that can only dream of a Championship and winning say idi0tic statements like this.

    The Vikings have ZERO Championships.

    ZERO.

  11. beardownfromcali says: Sep 8, 2016 1:35 AM

    If there’s anything I’ve come to enjoy, it’s ragging on the Vikings.

    Congrats Kyle!

  12. DitkasHair says: Sep 8, 2016 11:07 AM

    SKOL SUX!!!!

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