Chicago Bears: Core players in line for a contract extension

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Chicago Bears Rumors Leonard Floyd
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4. OLB Leonard Floyd

It’s tough to determine what the Bears will do with Leonard Floyd when his contract expires at the end of the 2020 season. In a perfect world, the Bears would retain one of their own players and keep him in Chicago for the rest of his career. However, with the way that the market for pass rushers has been over the last few offseasons,

Floyd knows and understands how much he’s worth, however, the Bears may view him differently. Currently, the market for edge rushers is inflated, which means that Floyd could potentially be pushing to get an extension which pays him $10 million or more per year.

To most, Floyd hasn’t lived up to expectations. As a top-ten pick, it was expected that he’d be an immediate contributor on the Bears defense. However, three years in and he’s only notched 15.5 sacks and 32 quarterback hits. In other words, Floyd’s lack of production is a reason why the Bears shouldn’t sign him.

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2019 will be a make-or-break year for Floyd. As he continues his quest for a new contract extension, one thing that he needs to do is stay healthy. 2018 was viewed as the year where Floyd would finally live up to expectations however, a broken hand halted his start to the season. If he can come flying out of the game in 2019, there’s no reason to question whether or not he deserves a contract extension.