Pace: Bears Won't Have Hands Tied On Extensions

The pandemic won't stop the Bears from getting their business done, Ryan Pace says.

Chris Emma
July 29, 2020 - 1:02 pm

(670 The Score) Though the NFL faces uncertainty on the financial front amid the coronavirus pandemic, Bears general manager Ryan Pace and his front office have the confidence and foundation in place to move forward with potential contract extensions.

The Bears are operating with the knowledge of the salary cap floor being $175 million in 2021. Before the financial fallout of the pandemic, that number was estimated to be $210 million.

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"I just have a lot of confidence in (Bears lead negotiator) Joey Laine and myself and how we're forecasting and how we're predicting for the future," Pace said Wednesday. "I'm confident we'll work through it. It's not going to prevent us from doing the things that we want to do."

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The most high-profile Bears player up for a potential contract extension is top receiver Allen Robinson, who's entering the final season of a three-year deal. Robinson, who turns 27 in August, recorded 98 receptions for 1,147 yards and seven touchdowns in 2019.

In his time with the Bears, Pace has preferred to conduct business outside of the regular season and has often finalized contract extensions in the week before the opener.

Chicago opens its regular season at Detroit on Sept. 13.

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