UPDATE: Bears Have Extended Charles Leno Jr.'s Contract Through 2021

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UPDATE: Bears Have Extended Charles Leno Jr.’s Contract Through 2021

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The Chicago Bears seem intent on stabilizing their offensive line:

Left tackle Charles Leno Jr. was set to cash in as a free agent this offseason, but it doesn’t look like he’ll get there. Mike Garafalo of the NFL Network tweets the Bears and Leno Jr. are closing in on a four-year extension that includes $21.5 million in guarantees and could be worth up to $38 million. Leno Jr. was a seventh-round pick (246th overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft, and is one of the handful of holdovers from the teams put together by former GM Phil Emery.

Leno Jr.’s deal would rank 14th among active left tackles in total value with the ninth most guaranteed.

The Boise State product has started 29 of the last 32 games for the Bears at left tackle, including all 16 last season, a year in which he proved to be one of the most effective pass blockers. Leno Jr. earned a 71.2 grade from Pro Football Focus that ranked him 42nd among 72 qualifying tackles.

UPDATE I: It’s officially official!

Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.