The Bears and their Vice President of Football Administration and General Counsel and Pants In Ants, Cliff Stein, continue to set the pace for the league with signing their draft picks:
LM: #Bears have agreed to terms with first-round pick Kyle Fuller on 4-year deal (with 5th-year option).— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) May 14, 2014
The fifth-year option, as you might recall, was added in the current CBA and permits teams to extend their first-round draft picks' contracts by one year automatically, albeit at a cost depending on salaries at that position, weighted depending on where in the round the player was drafted. This upcoming season is the first one for which this mechanism kicks in; you may not have heard anything about it because the Bears' first-round selection in the 2011 draft, Gabe Carimi, is no longer with the team.
Fuller is expected to be the starting nickel corner and should feature heavily in the Bears' defense, with the Bears facing two pass-happy offenses within the NFC North alone. Should Charles Tillman be forced to miss games again with injury, he'll most likely be given the opportunity to fill in on the outside
Fuller's signing comes one day after they signed Charles Leno Jr and Ka'Deem Carey, followed by Ego Ferguson, Pat O'Donnell a matter of hours later, and two days after Brock Vereen and David Fales put pen to paper. The sole remaining member of the draft class yet to finish his paperwork is Will Sutton; there have, as yet, been no reports that the third round defensive tackle is holding out.
In jersey news, Larry Mayer drops this nugget of information upon us:
LM: #Bears have assigned undrafted free agent Jordan Lynch jersey No. 36.— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) May 14, 2014
More on Kyle Fuller's signing at ChicagoBears.com.