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Smith, Bears finally agree to a two-year extension

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By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report Owner/Sr. Writer

It finally happened.

Chicago Bears have finally signed head coach Lovie Smith to a contract extension. Smith signed a new two-year contract extension, expiring after the 2013 season.

The Bears did not want to have Smith as a lame duck coach entering the 2011 season. Smith is expected to get paid $5.5 million per season now.

Smith earned the contract extension after helping the Bears to a 11-5 season. The Bears lost in the NFC Championship game to their conference rival, the Green Bay Packers. The Packers beat the Bears in all three games this season.

The extension for Smith means that Mike Martz will be returning in 2011.

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