Dave Teggart is sitting in a hotel in the Chicago area right now with one pair of clothes, and no plans to return home to Northborough.
But it's a good luxury.
Teggart was one of seven free agents to ink a three-year contract with the Bears following the final session of rookie minicamp today, and recalls being taken aback when initially pulled aside by Bears head coach Lovie Smith.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"To be honest with you, I was caught off-guard when he called my name in the hallway and said 'Hi' to me -- like, wow," Teggart said tonight by phone. "You see these guys on TV all the time, and it’s a real honor to be coached by him and now to have the opportunity to be coached by him. I think I'm in a good place right now, and I'm going to learn as much as I can going forward, earn my spot and keep kicking."
The former Algonquin Regional and UConn standout kicked in six training sessions during the three-day camp in Lake Forest, Ill., and may have impressed the most with the field goal units. Teggart said he hit from as far as 60 yards out, and was pretty consistently accurate overall, but the wind was a formidable challenge.
"It's pretty windy up here, they don't call it the Windy City for nothing," he said. "It's a challenging wind. Some days it's with you, some days it's against you, other days it's side to side. It's definitely a good training experience."
Teggart was initally offered a tryout on April 30. He shares the same agent, Paul Sheehy, as Bears special teams coach Dave Toub, and recalled first meeting him during the NFL Draft combine, recalling a "great guy who definitely knows his stuff", and someone who was "very helpful".
For now, though, Teggart remains waiting, but ready, for the next step in his NFL journey. He will be at the Bears' Organized Team Activities in a few weeks.
"Life of a kicker -- you could be here one day, gone the next," he chuckled. "I've got to keep that in mind. It's more motivation."