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LAKE FOREST — The Chicago Bears signed defensive tackle Andrew Billings to a two-year contract extension on Thursday.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported the extension is worth $8.5 million with $6 million in guaranteed money.
“We’re extremely excited to be able to keep Andrew in Chicago,” general manager Ryan Poles told ChicagoBears.com. “The professionalism, dependability and toughness he brings exhibit the type of player we want in our organization.”
Through the first eight games, the 28-year-old defensive lineman has 15 total tackles on 247 total snaps played, according to Pro Football Focus (PFF). Billings has had an immediate impact on helping this Bears defense to stop the run effectively.
The Bears’ defense is currently ranked No. 3 in the league with only allowing 78.8 rushing yards per game. Last season, Chicago allowed 157.3 rushing yards per game, which ranked 31st in the NFL.
Although Billings was primarily known for his ability to stop the run and to clog running lanes with his 6-foot-1, 311-pound frame, he has also been a productive pass rusher.
PFF has Billings rated with a pass rush grade of 68.5 — the highest among all defensive linemen on the Bears. The interior defensive lineman has also registered 14 total pressures on the season.
“It feels good that somebody appreciates you and that you’re doing a good enough job that they want you around a little longer,” Billings told ChicagoBears.com on Thursday. “That always feels good.”
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