The Chicago Bears made a move today many saw coming, exercising the fifth-year option on offensive lineman Kyle Long's rookie contract. Long is now signed through the 2017 season.
The estimated cost for the 2017 option is $8.82 million.
Long was the club's first-round pick (20th overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft. He started his first two seasons at right guard and last year at right tackle, earning trips to the Pro Bowl in all three campaigns. He has started 47 games during his three-year career.
Widely considered one of the best offensive linemen in the NFL, this is a smart move for the Bears. The contract extension keeps Long in Chicago for at least two seasons at cap-friendly prices. It also gives the Bears an extra year to work out a long-term deal with Long, who has quickly become the face of the franchise.
Long is the son of Hall of Fame defensive lineman Howie Long.