In a postive development that is overshadowed by the Tank news, the Bears today inked cornerback Nathan Vasher to a five-year, $28 million contract extension with $14 million in guaranteed money.
To me, this is a pleasant surprise. It had been speculated that Chicago would not have the funds to lock up both corner Charles “Peanut” Tillman and Vasher, given the dramatic escalation of salaries around the NFL in 2007. Tillman has one year remaining on his deal, as did Vasher. Given Tillman’s strong 2006 season, and somewhat of a dropoff from Vasher, speculation was that Tillman would get paid while Vasher would be allowed to walk.
Also surprising given the aforementioned salary escalations is that Vasher didn’t wait it out another season to see if he could make more than the $28 million.
This is a good contract for the Bears, who of all the bad things we’ve seen over the last 20 years, have always managed their cap as successfully as any team in football.