Any questions about Kyle Long's future with the Bears have reportedly been answered this morning.
Long, who's been in Chicago for his entire six-year career, tweeted this out late on Tuesday morning:
Bear for Life 🙏🏼— Kyle (@Ky1eLong) February 26, 2019
Soon after, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune broke news that the team and Long had agreed to a restructured contract:
#Bears RG Kyle Long has agreed to a restructured contract that will create some cap room and ensure he's with the team in 2019. He was due to count $8.5M vs. cap this year. Team player will be back. https://t.co/LAqAUrZ22S— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) February 26, 2019
It's a savvy move from both sides. Long has struggled with injuries throughout his career, and the $8.5 million cap hit for 2019 made him a prime candidate to be released.
The restructuring ensures that the Bears can keep Long -- who's widely-respected within Halas Hall -- while freeing up some much-needed cap space. Currently, the Bears rank 27th in available cap, with a little over $11 million to work with. They already re-signed right tackle Bobby Massie to a 4-year, $30 million extension earlier in the offseason, and both nickel corner Bryce Callahan and safety Adrian Amos are expecting sizable raises as well.
Leno and Long's new contracts also close the book on bringing back two key members of a Bears' offensive line that was one of the premier pass-protecting units in the league last season.