Ryan Pace and the Chicago Bears front office were busy at work again late Thursday evening. This time they rewarded one of their own, so to speak. The team agreed to terms on a new contract with kicker Cairo Santos.
The pact is a five-year, $16 million deal with a max value of $17.5 million and $4.575 million guaranteed. The final two seasons of the contract could also be voided, as outlined in the tweets above.
The Bears initially signed Santos back in August before cutting him during a final slew of moves ahead of the season. The team almost immediately signed the 29-year-old kicker back onto the practice squad. However, Santos would be elevated to the active roster just before Week 1 due to an Eddy Pineiro injury.
Consequently, the Brazilian kicker would go on to play all sixteen games. Over the course of the season, Santos converted on 36 of 37 extra points (97.3%) and 30 of 32 field goals (93.8%). In the process, he logged 27 consecutive successful field goals and surpassed Robbie Gould to set a new franchise record. Santos took home NFC Special Teams Player of the Month honors in December as well.