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Yahoo! Lovie, Angelo sign contract extensions!

According to Don Pierson at the Trib:

Smith was given a four-year extension through 2011 and Angelo a six-year extension through 2013, the Bears announced. The deal features $22 million in new money, so Smith will be paid a total of $23.45 million for next five years for an average of $4.69 million per season. After all the drama, the two sides agreed on a reasonable contract. The $4.69 Million includes the last year of his original contract, the pay rate during the extension is $5.5 million/year. This is a really big day for the Bears, as these signings will do a few things for the organization:
  • decrease their reputation for being cheap
  • secure their braintrust for the next 5 seasons
  • ensure continuity for the nucleus of young players on the team
  • check off the last 2 of the top 4 offseason priorities - deciding what to do with Briggs, Smith, Rivera, and Angelo
  • allow them to focus on free agency and the draft
Yes!

<em>This FanPost was written by a Windy City Gridiron member, and does not necessarily reflect the ideas or opinions of its staff or community.</em>

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