The 2017 season will no longer be a "prove it" year for Bears offensive tackle Charles Leno Jr.
The Bears announced on Wednesday they have signed Leno to a four-year contract extension that will keep him in Chicago through the 2021 season.
Leno's extension is expected to be worth $38 million with $21.5 million guaranteed, according to the Chicago Tribune. His average annual value of $9.5 million would tie him with Detroit Lions right tackle Ricky Wagner as the NFL's 15th highest paid offensive tackle (in terms of AAV).
Leno will become the second offensive lineman that Bears GM Ryan Pace has extended in the the past 12 months. The Bears signed Kyle Long to a four-year, $40 million contract extension just days before the 2016 season opener.
Leno, who was selected by the Bears in the 7th round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Bosie State, has started 29 straight games at left tackle after taking over for Jermon Bushrod in Week 4 of the 2015 season.
The Bears now have all five of their starting offensive lineman locked in for the next two years (Josh Sitton and Bobby Massie's contract's expire following the 2018 season).
The NFL 100 All-Time Team just got a serious influx of speed and athleticism. Former Bears' legend and arguably the greatest special teams player of all time, Devin Hester, was named to the squad on Friday.
Hester played with the Bears from 2006 to 2013, racking up an incredible 31 return touchdowns (18 on kick returns, 13 on punt returns). Over his 11 season career, Hester collected a total of 11,028 return yards between kick and punt returns. Hester made four Pro Bowls and three All-Pro teams over his career.
The 2006 No. 57 overall pick out of Miami (FL) dazzled from the start of his NFL career, collecting 1,128 combined punt/kick return yards and 5 touchdowns.
But just as impressive as his overall effectiveness, was his penchant for rising to the moment. Hester's clutch moments included an 80+ yard punt return for a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals in the infamous, "They are who we thought they were game".
And, of course, all NFL fans remember how Hester became the first player in NFL history to take the opening kickoff of a Super Bowl back to the house for a touchdown.
Hester was a shoo-in to make the NFL 100 All-Time Team, as he is the NFL's all-time leader in kick and punt return touchdowns but even, so his game was about so much more than just the numbers.
Devin Hester's unparalleled combination of speed and creativity in the open field delighted NFL fans in a way that perhaps no other player in history did or ever will.
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