The Chicago Bears have announced that they have signed starting left tackle Charles Leno Jr. to a four year contract extension, that will keep him under contract through the 2012 season. The Chicago Tribune’s Brad Biggs is reporting the financials are for $38 million with $21.5 million guaranteed.
Leno is a rare Bear, as he’s one of only five players on the current roster that were drafted by general manager Phil Emery. Leno was a seventh round pick (246th overall) in the 2014 NFL draft. Biggs tweeted out that Leno is the first Bears’ seventh round draft pick to sign a second deal with the club since safety Mike Green in 2000.
According to Spotrac, the 25 year old Leno was the 43rd highest paid left tackle in the NFL, but Biggs reports that his new deal projects him to the 14th highest paid at the position.
In his previous two years, Leno has appeared in all 32 games, making 29 starts in that time.
The next Bear to get a contract extension could be defensive lineman Akiem Hicks, as the Bears and his people have had initial discussions.
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Congrats to @charleslenojr72 i remember when you lived on an air mattress at my place didn't know if you would make the team, look at u now— Kyle (@Ky1eLong) August 23, 2017