LAKE FOREST – Most people expected a receiver to be the Bears’ first contract extension of the 2020 season. But as that negotiation continues with Allen Robinson, his agent, and Bears’ management, another player has gotten his payday before the team’s second game of 2020.
Per multiple reports late Saturday night, the first from Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Bears have signed running back Tarik Cohen to a three-year contract extension. The deal is worth $17.25 million with the chance to add $1 millon to that total, with $9.5 millon fully guaranteed over the life of the contract.
The Bears have yet to confirm the move.
A fourth-round pick of the Bears in 2017, Cohen has emerged as a multi-faceted player for the offense along with special teams. He made a Pro Bowl in 2018 as a kick returner and is arguably the most exciting player on the team’s offense both under John Fox and Matt Nagy.
He’s rushed for 1,027 yards and five touchdowns in his first three years with the team while also catching 203 passes for 1,534 yards and nine scores in that time. As a punt returner, Cohen had gained 985 yards on 96 attempts with a touchdown in his rookie year of 2017. He’s also returned 30 kickoffs for 628 yards, but all but four of those came in that first season.
In the season opener against the Lions, he had seven carries for 41 yards along with two catches for six yards.
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