Bears sign SS Green to five-year contract extension

Updated: October 31, 2003, 3:58 PM ET

LAKE FOREST, Illinois - Once deemed "Mr. Irrelevant" after being selected with the last pick in the 2000 draft, safety Mike Green is now a cornerstone player.

The Chicago Bears on Friday signed Green, who would have been eligible to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2003 season, to a five-year contract.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Green was unknown when selected out of Northwestern State with the last pick in the draft. But after playing primarily on special teams in his first two seasons, Green has been the Bears' second-leading tackler, behind middle linebacker Brian Urlacher, over the last two seasons with 206 stops.

The 26-year-old Green also has played corner in both the Bears' nickel and dime packages. Despite missing last week's win over Detroit with a groin injury, Green is fourth on the team with 38 tackles.

Last season, Green led the team's defensive backs with 138 tackles and also contributed 15 stops on special teams.

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