Bears extend Mike Tice's contract

Before the Chicago Bears take care of business with Lovie Smith, they’ve worked out new deals with some of his assistants.

The club announced this afternoon that offensive line coach Mike Tice has signed a one-year extension through 2012 two days after the team blocked him from interviewing with the Tennessee Titans about becoming their offensive coordinator. Smith has long talked about supporting his assistants when they have opportunities for advancement, so when the organization prevented Tice from meeting with the Titans, it was clear something would likely be done for him.

The Bears are in the process of rebuilding their offensive line and Smith and general manager Jerry Angelo have placed their faith in Tice to get the job done.

Tice wasn’t the only assistant to receive new paper. Secondary coach Jon Hoke, linebackers coach Bob Babich and running backs coach Tim Spencer also received new contracts. It’s believed they were coming out of contract. Hoke interviewed with the Philadelphia Eagles about becoming their defensive coordinator.

Now, the team has a deal to work out with Smith. It will be interesting to see how many years he’s received. His contract runs through 2011 and general manager Jerry Angelo is signed through 2013. Surely, Smith would like more than a two-year extension. Does that mean the GM gets an extension too?

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