The Bears Lead Contract Negotiator Extraordinaire, Cliff Stein, Esquire, as he should henceforth be known, has completed the task of signing all of the Bears' eight-man draft class just shy of a full week since they were drafted.
#Bears have agreed to terms with 3rd-round pick Will Sutton (4-year deal). All of the club's 2014 draft picks are now under contract.— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) May 15, 2014
This comes on the heels of the Bears signing Kyle Fuller yesterday and the rest of the draft class over the course of the previous three days.
Sutton could be a draft steal if he plays at his 2012 weight when he wrecked havoc on opposing offenses to the tune of 13 sacks and 23.5 tackles-for-loss.
And naturally, as has been the case over the past couple years:
The @ChicagoBears today became the first team to agree to terms with all of their 2014 draft picks. pic.twitter.com/TFWwtHhN4K— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) May 15, 2014
The draft ended Saturday, they signed their first tow rookies Monday, and were finished Thursday. Signing rookies is considerably easier under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, but in just six days? That's impressive.
It used to be good to have your entire draft class in the fold by training camp but now it's by minicamp! It's good to get it done and out of the way so that the rookies can hit the ground running and assimilate to the NFL.
And in case you were wondering, the updated cap situation courtesy of Dan Durkin:
don't have the exact #'s yet of #bears rookie contracts, but using (safe) projections and the rule of 51, they have ~$6.186M free cap space.— dan durkin (@djdurkin) May 15, 2014
More on the Sutton news can be found at ChicagoBears.com.