Kyle Long Is the Biggest Team Player
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) February 26, 2019
Kyle Long and the Chicago Bears have agreed in principle to restructure his contract. Long certainly earned his current deal since entering the league as a first-round pick in 2013. He reached the Pro Bowl twice at right guard and once at right tackle after literally mauling all opposition. In today’s NFL, three-time Pro Bowl players don’t usually agree to take a pay cut. He recently tweeted, “Bear for life,” proving to be the ultimate team player.
Bear for Life 🙏🏼
— Kyle Long (@Ky1eLong) February 26, 2019
Injuries the past few seasons started to take its toll on Long’s body. He was forced to miss at least six games in each of the last three seasons. The 30-year-old missed eight games this season before returning from Injured Reserve to play in Chicago’s Week 17 win over Minnesota and the first round playoff loss to the Eagles.
The timing of this announcement is extraordinary. The Bears cap space was limited to about $11.5 million and change according to spotrac.com. Long was scheduled to count $8.5 million against the 2019 cap. This arrangement will have mutual benefits.
- The NFL Combine begins this week (2/26-3/4)
- The legal tampering period begins March 11, 2019
- The new league year along with Free Agency begins March 13, 2019.
Until then, stay thirsty and BEAR DOWN! JT out.