Bears GM Ryan Pace loves doing preseason contract extensions with his core players, and Sunday was Pro Bowl alternate C-turned-LG Cody Whitehair’s turn. Whitehair was signed to a five-year, $52.5 million contract extension, containing $27.5 million guaranteed — the second-largest ever by a guard, ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported.
Whitehair, 27, was selected in the second round of the 2016 draft and earned All-Rookie honors playing center. He briefly was plugged in at left guard, the position he’s playing for the first time this season, in his first camp but was required to switch to center following the ACL tear of then-starter Hroniss Grasu.
Clearly, the Bears have little concerns over Whitehair’s ability to continue ascending at his natural position of guard and making every single snap on offense last season en route to his first Pro Bowl.
“Obviously, Cody is an important player for us,” Pace said in July. “When we talk about our culture and we talk about unselfish and great teammates, Cody embodies all those things. But you guys know as we get into these extensions, they remain internal. But Cody’s an important part of this.”
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