Lovie Smith lands a 2-year extension

A little more than a month after general manager Jerry Angelo said the Chicago Bears planned to extend the contract of coach Lovie Smith, a deal is in place.

The Bears announced this morning that Smith has a two-year extension that will carry him through the 2013 season. Smith’s job was on the line this past season when the Bears finished 11-5 and were NFC North champions, reaching the title game where they lost to the Green Bay Packers.

Smith was under fire because the Bears had failed to reach the postseason for three consecutive seasons after appearing in Super Bowl XLI. He rallied his team and won a division crown for the third time in seven seasons. Smith is among the top-10 highest-paid coaches in the league with his annual compensation believed to be more than $5 million.

A two-year extension means that Smith is signed for as long as Angelo is under contract. The GM agreed to a six-year extension after the Super Bowl appearance that also carries him through 2013.

By getting a deal done now, the Bears don’t have any business hanging over their heads when it comes to their coach if there is a work stoppage.

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