Bears get 2-year contract extension done with Roberto Garza
The Chicago Bears are expected to announce a two-year contract extension for center Roberto Garza today.
NFL sources said the deal was finalized on Monday before the team’s 30-24 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.
The 32-year-old Garza was set to become an unrestricted free agent after this season. But he’s made a seamless transition from guard to replace 13-year veteran Olin Kreutz, and Garza was named a captain of the team for the first time this season. He’s played a big role in the improved play by the line as quarterback Jay Cutler has been sacked only 10 times in the last six games. He wasn’t sacked once by the Eagles.
The Bears had more than $18 million in salary cap room before the contract. The two-year contract is worth $6.55 million with $2.6 million guaranteed.
“I’m excited to be a part of this organization and continue my career as a Bear,” Garza said.
Garza has started 86 of the last 88 regular-season games for the Bears, mostly at right guard before making the move inside this season. He’d been an underpaid starter for years and while the focus has been on stalled negotiations for running back Matt Forte, the club needed to do right by Garza and did just that. It’s believed the contract was completed in time to pro-rate a portion of bonus money to the 2011 salary cap.
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