Bears pick up fifth-year option on Kyle Long

AP

Of all the fifth-year options for those chosen in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, this one might have been among the easiest.

The Bears announced they had picked up the option on guard Kyle Long, making sure he’s under contract through the 2017 season.

Long has already been to a Pro Bowl, and he might be poised to be even better this season now that he’s expected back in his natural position.

With the Bears signing Bobby Massie in free agency, the expectation is that Long will move back inside to guard, a move he seems to be happy with.

They also added veteran guards Ted Larsen and Manny Ramirez, and could use an upgrade at left tackle, but getting Long back inside makes their line more solid immediately.

22 responses to “Bears pick up fifth-year option on Kyle Long

  1. Truly a no-brainer. Three time Pro-Bowler. Also, the Bear salary cap next year is nearly as high or higher than this year, so even if they work out a long-term deal with Jefferies and then Long, they still will have close to 50 million under the cap with no major players to resign, so they can be big FA players next year.

    Nice job, Pace and Fox.

  2. Alshon Jeffrey. Not Jeffries. Gruden makes the same mistake all the time. Drives me batty…

  3. Great player but his Pro Bowls have a lot to do with the team he plays for. It is no coincidence that the young OL players that get praised happen to be in Chicago, Dallas and Pittsburgh.

  4. Yep playoffs for sure this year. Love how the bears are feeling lately. Just a entirely new vibe coming off them last season and this upcoming season, even more for 2918 with all the money they got for new talent

  5. vicnocal says:
    Apr 15, 2016 4:45 PM
    Long has only played 3 years but he’s already pushing 30 years old.

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    And acts his age…he is a 3rd year player that is undoubtedly a team leader. They are lucky to have him and every other team in the league would love to have him.

  6. The dude who corrected Alshon Jeffery’s name still misspelled it haha, and 38 people up-voted it?

    It’s not that hard to Google, people. It’s Alshon Jeffery, not Alshon Jeffries or Alshon Jeffrey. Come on.

  7. jxt2521 says:
    Apr 15, 2016 3:39 PM

    Great player but his Pro Bowls have a lot to do with the team he plays for. It is no coincidence that the young OL players that get praised happen to be in Chicago, Dallas and Pittsburgh.

    That’s the goofiest statement I’ve read in a long time. Go check your facts and list year/position of the last Chicago Bears lineman (other than Kyle Long) to get a Pro Bowl nod.

    Here’s my guess 2006: Olin Kreutz.

  8. ryanlatterell says:
    Apr 15, 2016 6:23 PM

    On the way to a third place finish in 2016
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    The NFC north plays the NFC East & the AFC South this year. They might get three teams into the playoffs.

  9. That was a really good pick. Bears have made some good moves as of late. The gap between my Packers and Chi and MN is getting smaller.

  10. insightfulcomments says:
    Apr 16, 2016 4:23 AM

    Let’s all sit back and recount all the Super Bowl Champions that had a guard as their best player…

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    A case could be made for Jerry Kramer and/or Fuzzy Thurston. The pulling guards were the key to Lombardi’s “Packer sweep” and that play was the key to Lombardi’s success. Even when opponents knew it was coming they just couldn’t stop it.

    Apologies to the Bears fans here. I’m not looking to troll, it just seems like it could be a decent discussion and there’s not much to say about the Bears picking up Long’s option. As the author said, this was a no-brainer.

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