Bears, OT Leno reportedly close on contract extension
- According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Bears are finalizing an extension for offensive tackle Charles Leno. The deal is reportedly for four years and is worth $38.5 million, with $21.5 million guaranteed. Leno was in the final year of his rookie contract after being drafted in the seventh round out of Boise State. Leno started all 16 games for the Bears at left tackle in 2016.
- After a rough start to his career — earning poor grades in both 2014 (53.5) and in 2015 (56.3) — Leno showed drastic improvement in 2016, earning a grade of 71.2 overall. That still ranked just 42nd out of 76 qualifying tackles.
- In 2016, Leno ranked in the top half of the league in pass protection with a pass-blocking efficiency of 95.2 (26th out of 61 qualifiers) but was poor as a run-blocker. His 49.4 run-block grade ranked 63rd out of 76 qualifiers.