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Bears' Long agrees to restructure contract, free cap space

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Chicago Bears guard Kyle Long has agreed to restructure his contract to free up salary-cap space for the team this offseason.

The Bears announced the agreement on Tuesday.

Long is set to return for a seventh season with the team that drafted him with the No. 20 overall pick in 2013. The three-time Pro Bowl lineman signed a four-year extension through the 2021 season in 2016. But injuries have limited him to 26 appearances the past three years.

Long missed eight games last season because of a foot injury and returned to start the regular-season finale at Minnesota. He has had shoulder, elbow, neck and ankle surgeries in recent years.

Chicago won the NFC North at 12-4 in coach Matt Nagy's first season.

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Updated February 26, 2019

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