The Bears locked up a key member of their offensive line Saturday when they signed right tackle Bobby Massie to a four-year extension through 2022.
Massie has started 46 of 48 games in three seasons with the Bears, including all 16 in 2018 en route to the team’s first NFC North title since 2010.
“Bobby has been an important part of our offensive line the past three years and has shown steady improvement during that time,” said general manager Ryan Pace. “Bobby has a tremendous work ethic and has displayed the kind of toughness and consistency we want in our players. More importantly, he is a great teammate and we’re excited to keep him in the fold.”
In 2018, Massie was part of an offensive line that allowed just 33 sacks, tied for the eighth fewest in the NFL, and helped the Bears score 24 or more points in 11 games, the most since they also produced 24 or more points 11 times in 1995.
Massie originally joined the Bears in 2016 after spending his first four NFL seasons with the Cardinals. Selected by Arizona in the fourth round of the 2012 draft out of Mississippi, he appeared in 54 games with 46 starts for the Cardinals.
With Massie’s signing, the Bears now have 21 of their 22 regular starters under contract. Safety Adrian Amos is the only first-teamer who is due to become an unrestricted free agent when the new league year begins in March.
Others whose contracts will expire include nickel back Bryce Callahan, outside linebacker Aaron Lynch, punter Patrick O’Donnell, running back Benny Cunningham and offensive linemen Eric Kush and Bryan Witzmann.
Take a look at the Bears players officially slated to become unrestricted, restricted or exclusive restricted free agents when the NFL's free agency period begins.