Ryan Pace has often said he likes Charles Leno and the Bears are showing their love Wednesday as they near completion of a contract extension for the left tackle.

Leno’s four-year extension is expected to be worth $38 million with $21.5 million guaranteed. The sides are working on final details with agent Ron Slavin representing the former seventh-round draft pick from Boise State. The contract will provide value for the Bears as Leno projects to be the 14th-highest paid left tackle in the league based on annual average.

The deal will secure the left side of the offensive line for the future as the Bears will have done contract extensions for Leno and left guard Kyle Long in the last 12 months. Both were drafted by former general manager Phil Emery.

The current regime considered Leno, 25, one of the bright spots on the roster it inherited in 2015 and it’s a move that gives the Bears flexibility looking ahead to next offseason.