The #Bears and RB Tarik Cohen have had fruitful discussions about a contract extension, sources say, and there is a push to get it done today in advance of Week 2. The deadline for a signed deal is 3:59 pm today to be official for Sunday & it’s a real possibility. Stay tuned...— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 19, 2020
Cohen is in the final year of his four-year, $3 million rookie deal with Chicago. He signed with the Bears after being selected in the fourth round of the 2017 draft out of North Carolina A&T.
The 25-year-old has proved himself to be a reliable option for the team moving forward. In Week 1 against the Detroit Lions, Cohen rushed for 41 yards while adding two receptions for six yards.
Last season, Cohen had 64 carries for 213 yards and 79 receptions for 456 yards and three touchdowns. However, those numbers were down from his Pro Bowl campaign in 2018 when he put up 1,169 yards from scrimmage.
If the Bears sign Cohen, he'll be the second player from their 2017 draft class to land an extension. Star safety Eddie Jackson landed a four-year, $58.4 million deal earlier in the offseason.
Chicago's highest pick from the 2017 class, Mitchell Trubisky, still is waiting on an extension. There are no guarantees the Bears sign him as he's been rather disappointing. They also declined his fifth-year option.