The 32-year-old Garza originally signed a six-year-deal with the Bears in 2006.
He was going to be a unrestricted free-agent if the Bears didn’t wrap him up.
They extended him for two more seasons, the extension is worth $6.55 million, $2.6 million is guaranteed.
Garza has started 86 of the last 88 regular-season games. He’s only missed two games both coming last season with a torn MCL.
Garza has made an impressive switch to the center position this season after spending his entire career at guard.
Garza was one of 15 unrestricted free agents the Bears had on the 53-man roster.
So, with 14 players remaining, the Bears will have to spread out the money.
WR Earl Bennett, DE Israel Idonije, CB Tim Jennings, CB Corey Graham and TE Kellen Davis are all unrestricted free agents for the Bears.
Garza’s signing is the first step to some other extensions for the Bears.
Running back Matt Forte will likely be stamped with the franchise tag come seasons end, so don’t expect a deal for him anytime soon.
This is a nice move, Garza deserved this deal, he has been nothing but consistent for the Bears since arriving in Chicago.
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