The Chicago Bears have been busy handing down extensions to role players on the team, as they gave kicker Robbie Gould an extension on Friday. It was a wise move to keep one of the league’s most dependable kickers, and hopefully Gould gets to stay in Chicago for the rest of his career. I wonder if fullback Tony Fiammetta will end up becoming a well-liked enough niche player so that he’ll get to be ingrained in the Bears organization as the starting fullback for the rest of his career, and he received an extension yesterday from the Bears.
Per the Bears official Twitter feed, Tony Fiammetta will be getting a two-year contract extension that will keep him with the NFC North squad through 2015, and it’s a solid re-signing for the Bears.
Fiammetta emerged as one of the league’s best lead-blockers with the Dallas Cowboys, but his career almost fell apart due to a concussion in 2011. He was signed by the New England Patriots but never did anything for the Pats, as he sat out the 2012 season. But the Bears decided to take a flier on him early in summer, and they have been rewarded nicely for their faith in a bounce-back season from one of the league’s better blocking fullbacks.
This season, Fiammetta has been solid, and while he hasn’t regained his 2011, pre-injury form, he’s become a dependable lead-blocker for star running back Matt Forte. This extension is a nice reward for Fiammetta’s services, and hopefully he’ll continue to be a quality blocker in the Bears backfield.