On Thursday, the Bears brought back a key member to their offense by re-signing Center, Roberto Garza, to a one-year contract worth $1.5 million. He was supposed to become an unrestricted free agent next month on the 11th.
“I’m excited to keep playing and playing for a great franchise and a great city,” he said. “Everybody knows that I wanted to stay here, with the guys that I’m playing with everything is coming together. I feel it’s a great opportunity to build on what we started last year.”
The offensive line allowed only 30 sacks and the Bears ranked second in the NFL with 445 points, and set franchise records with 6,109 total yards, 4,450 passing yards, and 32 passing touchdowns.
“A year ago, he was at 11 total hits, sacks, and knockdowns allowed for the season,” General Manager, Phil Emery said. “This year, he was at five. So I’ve told him I thought he made a big push up. He got a lot better with his overall body position and his hip placement.”
Next season will be Garza’s 10th season with the team. He played four seasons with the Atlanta Falcons before coming to Chicago. The Falcons drafted him out of Texas A+M University-Kingsville in 2001 with the 99th overall pick. He has started at both center and guard since coming to the Windy City.
Although he did not get a huge raise, what is really important to Garza is helping to bring championships to the team, and that selfless attitude makes for a good fit for the Bears.