The Chicago Bears rewarded the heart of their offensive line, guard Kyle Long with a record deal for his position, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
By: Peter Elliott – NFL, MLB, and NCAA writer – @PelliottSports
On Saturday, a day when most players were being released during roster cut downs, Ryan Pace and the front office decided to reportedly give Long a four-year, $40 million contract with $30 million guaranteed, which would make him the second-highest-paid guard behind Raiders’ lineman Kelechi Osemele.
The Bears and Long declined to confirm the deal or comment on the report.
The three-time Pro Bowler who stands at 6’6″ and weighs 313 pounds has missed just one game in his three seasons with Chicago. Long, 27, was slated to be under contract through 2017 due to the Bears exercising their fifth-year option on his original four-year rookie deal which was set to pay him $8.4 million through 2016 and $8.8 million next season.
Long is expected to play week one against the Texans although he has not practiced since August 18 when he suffered a labrum injury to his shoulder.