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Bears ink Garza for six years


The NFC North Division champion Chicago Bears on Monday signed guard-center Roberto Garza to a six-year contract extension.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

"It's an amazing feeling," said Garza. "It's something that I was really hoping would happen last year. But now I think everything worked out. I'm really excited to be a part of this team, this franchise."

A 2001 fourth-round pick of Atlanta, Garza spent his first four seasons with the Falcons before signing a one-year deal with the Bears in March. The 6-2, 300-pound Garza split seven starts at both guard positions this season.

Garza, 26, has played in 68 games in his career with 38 starts.

The Bears (11-5) will open the postseason in the divisional round on Jan. 14 or 15.