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Dollars and sense: The Orlando Pace contract

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A week after Orlando Pace signed his contract, we've been able to take a closer look at the numbers in the deal. Pace left more money on the table in Baltimore to come to the Bears for an opportunity to play left tackle. It could be he wanted to remain in the Midwest as well. He could maintain his home in the St. Louis area and commute easily during this time of year when players are at Halas Hall four days per week for the voluntary offseason workout program. Whatever the reason for choosing the Bears, they got the seven-time Pro Bowl performer at a good price.

Pace, who will turn 34 in November, is expected to step in as the starting left tackle. Players have said he reported for work last week in terrific shape.

Here is how the contract breaks down:

2009

$1 million signing bonus
$3.4 million roster bonus
$250,000 workout bonus
$1.35 million base salary

Total: $6 million
Cap number: $5,333,333

2010

$250,000 workout bonus
$3.75 million base salary

Total: $4 million
Cap number: $4,333,333

2011

$250,000 workout bonus
$4.75 million base salary

Total: $5 million
Cap number: $5,333,333

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If Pace plays at 80% of what he played like when he was All Pro he is a bargain. It is not that often that a team can get a starting left tackle of his quality for such a bargain price.

That move alone is tremendous because the Bears have so much more flexibility for the draft now than they had prior to picking up Pace.

Of course all depends on Pace's health but it appears that JA is starting to really turn into a tremendous GM if he can only improve his drafting ability in the early rounds?

BIG O, IT'S SHOW TIME!!!! I really love saying that. Do you know how hard it is to find someone you work with that has a first or last name begining with an O. You would really be surprised. But I found one, and I keep saying that to him, and while he does not know what it means, he still gets all amped up. It's even better cause he is like 5'6.

Creighton gotta love the Big O reference! Do you yell into your watch for added affect or am I just geeking out to much. Hell of a signing here with Pace. Good idea moving Williams over to RT as well. Plus add in Omiyale @ LG (hopefully) and the starting O-line just got a whole lot bigger and more mobile. Both needed upgrades especially versus our division rivals. Now with Cutler's under rated mobility, the line will have a much better season this year. Oh and on another note I think Coach Hiestand is a great O-line coach. He consistently takes average to below average talent and puts together an over achieving group effort. Can't wait to see what he does this year. BEAR DOWN!!!!

MrPhatAz: "Oh and on another note I think Coach Hiestand is a great O-line coach. He consistently takes average to below average talent and puts together an over achieving group effort. Can't wait to see what he does this year."

THIS! I think a lot of blame falls on the coaching staff but there are two guys who consistently work with what they are given to produce quality results: Dave Toub and Harry Hiestand. Last year's o-line was a bandaid on top of a bandaid on top of duct tape and they held up admirably. Chicago finally has some talent up front so I look forward to see what these guys can do in the running and passing game this season.

On a related note, I still have my doubts about Rod Marinelli but I did hear Anthony Adams singing his praises the other day. I guess when you go from Brick Haley to Rod Marinelli there should be some sort of tangible upgrade but I'll withhold my optimism for now.

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