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NFL: Bears Sign C Roberto Garza to 1-Year, $1.5 M Extension
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NFL: Bears Sign C Roberto Garza to 1-Year, $1.5 M Extension

Feb 27 2014, 11:58pm CST | by

The Chicago Bears signed center Roberto Garza to a one-year contract extension worth $1.5 million on Feb. 27.

The Chicago Bears signed center Roberto Garza to a one-year contract extension on Feb. 27.  This was confirmed on Thursday by Larry Mayer of the Bears' official website: "The Bears on Thursday...

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NFL: Bears Sign C Roberto Garza to 1-Year, $1.5 M Extension

Feb 27 2014, 11:58pm CST | by

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The Chicago Bears signed center Roberto Garza to a one-year contract extension worth $1.5 million on Feb. 27.

The Chicago Bears signed center Roberto Garza to a one-year contract extension on Feb. 27. 

This was confirmed on Thursday by Larry Mayer of the Bears' official website:

"The Bears on Thursday retained a key member of their record-breaking offense, re-signing veteran center Roberto Garza to a one-year contract. 

"Garza was slated to become an unrestricted free agent on March 11. 

"With Garza anchoring an offensive line that featured new starters at all four other positions in 2013, the Bears ranked second in the NFL with 445 points and set franchise records with 6,109 total yards, 4,450 passing yards, 32 passing touchdowns, a 96.9 passer rating and 344 first downs. 

"With improved play from the line, the Bears allowed only 30 sacks, tied for the fourth fewest in the NFL, and Matt Forte was voted to the Pro Bowl after rushing for a career-high 1,339 yards, the most by any Bears player other than Hall of Famer Walter Payton.

"With the Bears re-signing quarterback Jay Cutler, left guard Matt Slauson, fullback Tony Flammetta and now Garza before they became free agents, all 11 starters on offense are under contract." 

According to Brad Biggs of The Chicago Tribune, Garza's new deal was negotiated by his agent Jeff Griffin. The Chicago center had just concluded a two-year, $6 million extension he signed in late 2011. 

Bears general manager Phil Emery wanted Garza back for next season but the soon-to-be 35-year-old Garza's age "likely diminished his value," notes ESPN Chicago. 

Nonetheless, Emery stressed Garza's value to ESPN's Michael C. Wright on Feb. 27. 

"A year go, he was at 11 total (hits, sacks and knockdowns allowed) for the season. This year, he was at five. So I've told him I thought he made a big push up. He got a lot better with his overall body position and his hip placement. He's obviously very important in terms of calling signals for our offensive line and making point adjustments." 

Wright also points out Chicago used 35-year-old Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola's own contract worth $1.5 million which he signed several weeks earlier "as the framework" for the Garza deal. 

Now that Garza if officially back, Biggs maintains he will act as a mentor to backup center Taylor Boggs and a late-round draft pick. Garza did not confirm to The Chicago Tribune if the 2014 season will be his last, only saying he's taking it "year by year."  

"I'm taking it year by year. I felt really good this season and this is the best I have felt (in the offseason) in a couple of years. If I keep feeling good and playing well, I'll want to continue to play. My body will tell me when the time is right but I feel great." 

For his part, Garza told Mayer he's excited to be back to build on something special. 

"I'm excited to keep playing and playing for a great franchise and a great city. Everybody knows that I wanted to stay here. With the guys that I'm playing with, everything is coming together. I feel it's a great opportunity to build on what we started last year. 

"Everybody's coming back and we're going to be in the same system for the second year. We did some good things last year, but there's a lot of stuff we have to build on and correct and do better. It's going to be fun to watch the film from last year and get better at things that are going to make us a better football team." 

Garza, who is entering his 14th NFL season, has missed just two games since becoming a Chicago Bear nine years ago. He has been team captain for the past three seasons. 

 
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No Better Time Than Now for Marc Trestman to Involve Matt Forte in Bears Offense

Sep 26 2014 1:21pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

The Chicago Bears have gotten to two wins without having to run the ball. So far, the Bears feature the NFL’s worst rushing offense, gaining just 192 yards through three games. Matt Forte has been extremely ineffective with the ball in his hands, aside from a few moments during the Week 1 loss to Buffalo when he rushed for 82 yards on 17 carries. Forte is frustrated, and it’s perfectly understandable. The running back talked about his frustrations Thursday ...
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Bears offensive line to be without starting center, left guard

Sep 13 2014 3:32pm CDT | Source: ninersnation

The Chicago Bears will be without their starting center and left guard on Sunday. It is entirely possible that could actually improve the line, or at least some of it. The Chicago Bears will be a bit short-handed when they face the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. We've talked plenty about the potential absences of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery (still no word on their questionable status). However, whil ...
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Week 2 NFL Picks: Examining the Trends and Line Movements

Sep 12 2014 10:00am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

There may be no better judge of how the football-loving public feels about a particular NFL game than the movement of a point spread throughout the week. Rarely will a line from a game stay the same from Monday through Friday, as information about injuries, emerging players and weather conditions comes pouring in, impacting bettors' opinions on who will walk away with victory. The point spreads are espec ...
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NFL Picks Week 2: Game-by-Game Advice for Current Vegas Spreads

Sep 9 2014 8:00am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Do we really know that much more now that one week of NFL action is officially in the books?  We would certainly prefer to think that way, although the reality is the contenders likely won’t begin to truly emerge until later in the season. That makes picking Week 2 games very interesting because we have a little bit of information but nowhere near the entire picture. With that in mind, here is a look at some game-by-game advice taking the spreads into account. The spreads are courtesy of ...
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Buffalo Bills vs. Chicago Bears: Twitter Analysis and Full Postgame Quotes

Sep 7 2014 5:47pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Opening week in the NFL didn't go too well for the Chicago Bears.  Not only did Marc Trestman's team lose to the lowly Buffalo Bills, 23-20, he lost three starters to injury in the process. Offensive linemen Roberto Garza (ankle) and Matt Slauson (ankle) both left the game in the first half, and receiver Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) exited in the second half. Crazy how the Bears managed to start the same five offensive line starters for all 16 games of the 2013-14 season, and then ...
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