OL Kyle Long to Stay With Bears through 2017 After His 5th-Year Option Was Picked Up
The move will keep OL Kyle Long under contract through 2017. Long is expected to make $777,158 in 2016 with a $1,104,264 signing bonus. The numbers for 2017 have yet to be released.
Bears fans everywhere scratched their heads when Long was selected 20th overall in the 2013 draft, but Long has become a household name in Chicago. It was not known for sure when he was drafted what position he would be playing on the line due to his versatility.
At 27 years old, Long has started 47 of a possible 48 games in his three year career. Initially playing right guard, Long moved to right tackle last season and wasn’t as dominant as he was inside, but held his own. With the free agent signing of Bobbie Massey, Long will most likely move back to his natural spot at guard this season.
A key factor to look at when talking about offensive linemen is consistency both being on the field and playing well. Kyle Long has been the epitome of the two, thus far. Every offensive line needs a grind it out, in your face type of guy and Long does just that for the Bears. He is always in the middle of every scuffle and protects Jay Cutler and company both during plays and after the whistle.
What to Expect This Season
With the departure of veteran Matt Forte, Long will now focus on clearing lanes for Jeremy Langford and Kadeem Carey. Ezekiel Elliot has also drawn some buzz as potentially being the pick for the Bears at 11th overall.
After finishing 6-10 a year ago, this Bears team looks to be on the rise this season and locking up Long for another year was a no-brainer. Given his stellar play in his first three seasons in the NFL, the next order of business for Ryan Pace and company should be locking up OL Kyle Long, long-term.