Bears Give GM Ryan Pace Contract Extension Through 2021
As the Chicago Bears begin their search for their next head coach, they ensured that their current general manager’s contract will align with the new coach.
The Bears have given general manager Ryan Pace a contract extension through 2021, team president Ted Phillips announced at a press conference on Monday. Pace’s current contract was through 2019.
Ted Phillips announces Ryan Pace’s contract has been extended through 2021: “He’s earned the opportunity to see his plan to fruition.”
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) January 1, 2018
Pace led the charge for the most important position in sports, quarterback, in last year’s draft with moving up one spot to draft Mitchell Trubisky. This contract extension ensures that Pace will get to see Trubisky’s development through. It also puts Pace on the same timeline as the new coach.
While Pace denied that the Bears had already put in requests for interviews with candidates, NFL Network and ESPN have reported that the Bears have requested to interview Philadelphia Eagles QB coach John DeFilippo and Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks.
“We’re in a position understanding that if we need to be aggressive, we will,” Pace said at Monday’s press conference.