April 15, 2016

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears have exercised a fifth-year option on three-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman Kyle Long that keeps him under contract through 2017.

The move was announced Friday.

The 6-foot-6 Long has made the Pro Bowl every year since he was drafted by Chicago with the 20th pick in 2013. He spent the first two years at right guard before being shifted to right tackle just before last season's opener, after the Bears waived Jordan Mills.

Long was regarded as more effective at right guard even though he made the Pro Bowl at right tackle, and he appears headed back to his original position after the Bears signed right tackle Bobby Massie in March.

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