Bears Veteran's Extension Request Reportedly Rejected by Chicago

V. Carbonneau
June 6, 2024  (3:38)

Ryan Poles on the Phone
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Bears' Offseason Activity Highlights, But Teven Jenkins' Extension Talks Stall

The Chicago Bears have been notably active this offseason, focusing on bolstering their offensive roster. High-profile acquisitions such as Keenan Allen and D'Andre Swift, along with drafting Caleb Williams and Rome Odunze, have garnered significant attention. However, the team will also rely on the return of several key players for the upcoming season.
One such player is offensive lineman Teven Jenkins. Now entering his fourth season with the Bears, Jenkins has become an essential part of the offensive line. His ability to play both right and left guard, after starting his career at tackle, showcases his versatility and skill. Jenkins' performance will be crucial for the Bears' revamped offensive unit.
Jenkins is entering a contract year and, like many of his peers, is seeking an extension. With interior offensive linemen across the NFL securing lucrative deals this summer, Jenkins is hoping to secure his future with the Bears. However, ESPN's Courtney Cronin reports that there has been no progress in extension talks between Jenkins and the Bears.
### Bears News: No Progress on Teven Jenkins' Extension
Teven Jenkins, in a contract year, has indicated that his representation has reached out to the Bears regarding an extension. However, he states that "nothing is on the table" at this time.
— Courtney Cronin (@CourtneyRCronin) June 5, 2024
Despite Jenkins' side initiating contact, the Bears have yet to show interest in negotiating a new deal. This development is surprising given Jenkins' status as the team's best offensive lineman over the past two years. Concerns about his availability, due to missing nine games during that period, might be influencing GM Ryan Poles' hesitancy. However, delaying negotiations could be risky and potentially more costly for the Bears next offseason.
The Bears will likely aim to secure the 26-year-old Jenkins with a long-term contract eventually. It remains to be seen if their current stance will lead to regret, but it is hoped that a deal will be reached in the near future.
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