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Phil Emery

Roberto Garza thankful for time with Bears

Roberto Garza thankful for time with Bears

With two days left in the 2014 regular season, the Bears gave Roberto Garza a one-year contract extension, a transaction that seemed on the surface to be another vote of confidence in the veteran center's ability and locker room influence. In actuality, that deal came with only $75,000 in guaranteed money and was more of a modest reward that then-general manager Phil Emery felt Garza had earned. But any chance Garza had of helping the Bears in 2015 going into his 11th season with the club vanished Thursday when new GM Ryan Pace informed the 36-year-old lineman of his release. To plug the hole in the middle of the offensive line, Pace finalized a one-year contract for free agent...