On a day teams are cutting players to get down to 53 men on their official rosters, the Chicago Bears locked up one of the franchise’s best.
The Bears have reached a four-year deal worth $40 million with guard Kyle Long, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport. The deal includes a whopping $30 million guaranteed, per Rapoport.
Long has made good on the investment the Bears made in him when they took the Oregon product 20th overall in the 2013 NFL Draft. The son of Oakland Raiders legend Howie Long and brother of Chris Long has started all but one game for Chicago during his three-year career.
The three-time Pro Bowl selection was kicked outside to right tackle last season, but showed his versatility with another Pro Bowl campaign. He’s expected to move back to his natural position after the Bears brought in veteran Bobby Massie during the offseason.
While Chicago has plenty of uncertainty at quarterback and at its other skill positions, it ensured that one of the anchors along the offensive line will remain in the Windy City throughout his prime.