Bears re-sign Dave Toub

Updated: January 17, 2012, 3:08 PM ET
By Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears signed special teams coordinator Dave Toub to a two-year extension, the organization announced on Tuesday.

Toub's old contract expired following the end of the regular season, and the two sides began negotiating the new deal last week.

A member of Lovie Smith's original coaching staff in 2004, Toub was seeking to be one of the highest paid special teams coaches in the NFL after an impressive eight-year run in Chicago.

Under Toub's guidance, the Bears annually rank as one of the top special teams units in the league, finishing No. 1 overall in 2006 and 2007. That consistency has come despite major roster turnover almost every year. This past season, Corey Graham became the fifth Bears' special teams player selected to the Pro Bowl since Toub arrived in Chicago since 2004, joining Brendon Ayanbadejo (2), Devin Hester (3), Robbie Gould and Johnny Knox.

Toub interviewed for the vacant Miami Dolphins head coaching job the first week of January.

Jeff Dickerson covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.

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