Kyle Long reworks Bears contract, will return in 2019

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Bears right guard Kyle Long has agreed to a restructured contract with Chicago that will ensure he's on the squad this upcoming season, reports The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs.

Long is set to return for a seventh season with the team that drafted him with the No. 20 overall pick in 2013.

Prior to restructuring, Long's deal with the Bears ran through 2021 with cap hits ranging between $8.5 million and $9.6 million. But injuries have limited him to 26 appearances the past three years. Long had signed a four-year, $40 million deal in September of 2016, which had an opt-out after the 2018 season.

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A variety of ailments cost Long another six games in 2017 and put an end to his season in November. He missed eight contests before returning to start the Bears' regular-season finale in Minnesota and the wild-card playoff loss to the Eagles.

"Bear for Life", Long said on Twitter on Tuesday morning.

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