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Bears restructure Charles Leno’s contract

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Earlier today it was reported that the Chicago Bears have renegotiated the contract of starting left tackle Charles Leno Jr., thus creating about $5.5 million in cap space for the 2019 season. The restructure could create some additional wiggle room to get a contract extension done with offensive guard Cody Whitehair, who is on the final year of his rookie contract.

The restructure was done by converting $7 million of his base salary into a signing bonus. The move does push some cap space down, but Leno is still making a fair amount for a player of his stature, a player with 61 consecutive starts at left tackle.

The 27-year old Leno made his first Pro Bowl a year ago, and just last week he played peacekeeper by being the player that removed Kyle Long from the practice field following Long’s altercation.

Besides Whitehair, the Bears may also use some money to extend outside linebacker Leonard Floyd, who recently had his 5th-year option picked up.

What are your thoughts on the restructure?