Last night, it was reported that the Bears had given Danny Trevathan a three-year contract extension.
At the time, that was the extent of the reporting. Today, however, Ian Rapoport was able to provide further details on the deal, reporting that it's an extension worth up to $24 million:
From NFL Now: The #Bears agreed to terms last night with veteran linebacker and leader Danny Trevathan, and he'll get a 3-year deal worth $21.75M base value and a maximum of $24M. Trevathan gets $14M in guarantees, as Chicago locks up a core piece. pic.twitter.com/wpnEYVQVrH— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 13, 2020
It's a big number for Trevathan, who's struggled to stay on the field at times and is coming off an elbow injury that cost him the final two months of the season. The yearly salary puts him in a tier with the top dozen highest-paid linebackers in football, although how the language is more finely structured remains to be seen:
At $7.25M APY, Trevathan’s average salary currently would rank 12th among ILBs (per Spotrac). Imagine that’ll move down after the top ILBs in free agency get new deals. Pretty nice guarantee for someone entering Year 9. https://t.co/6z90G75GAP— Kevin Fishbain (@kfishbain) March 13, 2020
With inside linebacker now addressed, Ryan Pace and co. may turn towards the edge, where a decision on Leonard Floyd's $13 million 5th-year option needs to be made by March 18th.