Whitehair’s new contract includes the second-largest guarantee for a guard extension in NFL history.
Indications were that the Bears were going to lock up Whitehair long-term before the start of the season and it looks like they were able to do just that.
Whitehair, 27, is a former second-round pick of the Bears back in 2016. He was in the final year of his four-year contract worth $4,224,568 and set to make a base salary of $1.026 million for the 2019 season.
Whitehair was in line to be an unrestricted free agent in 2020.
In 2018, Whitehair appeared in all 16 games for the Bears, making 16 starts. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 10 center out of 38 qualifying players.