The Chicago Bears are wasting no time in turning the page to the 2023 off-season.

Not only did the Bears announce that QB Justin Fields will be shut down for the team’s regular season finale, but Chicago also managed to extend a key role player for next year.

The Bears extended wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown to a one-year deal, per The Athletic’s Kevin Fishbain.

As for the terms of the extension, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports St. Brown’s deal will be worth $1.25 million.

After spending his first three seasons in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers, St. Brown has been one of the team’s most productive pass catchers in 2022. His 20 receptions rank fourth on the team while he’s racked up 320 yards, ranking third on the Bears behind WR Darnell Mooney and TE Cole Kmet.

It’s worth noting that St. Brown is just one catch and eight receiving yards away from tying his career-highs.

He was nice find for the Bears last off-season, exceeding his expectations as a receiver. His blocking ability only adds to his value, especially in a run-first offense like they have in Chicago.

Bears general manager Ryan Poles has hinted at the lack of depth at wide receiver in the free agent market, which makes sense as to why he wanted to extend St. Brown, even as a depth receiver. While his extension doesn’t guarantee St. Brown a spot on next year’s roster, it’s at the very least an indication as to how Chicago feels about him moving forward.

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