Bears Sign Vasher to Extension

Cornerback Nathan Vasher was scheduled to become a free agent after the 2007 season, but GM Jerry Angelo was not going to let the former Pro-Bowler get away. Vasher signed a contract extension on Monday afternoon that will keep him in Chicago through 2012. Although this is good news for Bears fans, it might signal the beginning of the end for fellow corner Charles Tillman.

Per the Chicago Bears:

LAKE FOREST, IL — The Chicago Bears signed cornerback Nathan Vasher to a five-year contract extension today. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Chicago originally drafted Vasher in the fourth round (110th overall) in the 2004 NFL Draft. The 2006 Pro-Bowler has appeared in 46 games for the Bears in three seasons, with 35 starts. The Texas native is Chicago's active leader with 16 career interceptions, becoming the first player in almost 50 years to record at least 16 INTs as a Bear in his first 3 NFL seasons. Those 16 interceptions are tied for fifth most in the NFL (and tied for second in the NFC) over the last three seasons. In 2005, Vasher set the NFL record for longest play when he returned a missed field goal 108 yards for a touchdown vs. San Francisco (10/13).

Vasher's new contract extension runs through the 2012 season.

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