Bears president Ted Phillips announced Monday that they’ve signed GM Ryan Pace to a two-year contract extension through the 2021 season.
“He’s earned the opportunity to see his plan to fruition,” Phillips said of Pace.
Given that the Bears plan to have Pace hire the team’s next head coach, this would align Pace and whoever they hire, assuming they sign their head coach to a four-year deal.
Phillips also said that they still believe in Pace’s strategy to continue building the foundation of the team through the draft.
Pace, 40, began working for the Saints as an operations assistant back in 2001. He worked his up through the scouting department to director of player personnel before departing to become the Bears general manager in 2015.
During his tenure in Chicago, Pace has led the Bears to a record of 14-34 (29.1) percent and no playoff appearances.