The Bears and running back Tarik Cohen have hammered out an extension, as Adam Schefter of ESPN.com was first to report. We heard yesterday that the two sides were working on a new contract and hoped to have one completed before today’s game, and they managed to do just that.
According to Schefter, it will be a three-year extension worth $17.25M in new money, for an average annual value of $5.75M. Cohen can bump that number up to $18.25M with incentives, and $9.5M is fully guaranteed at signing.
The 2017 fourth-round selection was in the final year of his rookie contract, so his new deal will keep him tethered to the club through the 2023 season. And while Cohen does get a nice influx of cash, the contract looks pretty reasonable for a player of his capabilities. He has never topped 100 carries in a season, but he does boast a solid 4.2 yards-per-carry average in his career, and he has averaged nearly 70 receptions per season over his first three professional campaigns.
Cohen has also served as Chicago’s primary punt returner during that time, and he earned a 2018 Pro Bowl nod for his special teams acumen. The Bears need all the playmakers they can get, and they will be happy to keep the diminutive speedster in the fold for the next few seasons.