Bears reach agreements with four picks

May, 13, 2014
May 13
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Three days after concluding the NFL draft, the Chicago Bears on Tuesday are three-fourths of the way to completing deals with the entire eight-man 2014 draft class.

The Bears announced they agreed to terms on four-year deals with second-round pick Ego Ferguson, third-round pick Ka'Deem Carey, sixth-round pick Patrick O'Donnell and seventh-round pick Charles Leno Jr. The announcement came just a day after Chicago agreed to terms with safety Brock Vereen and quarterback David Fales.

Financial terms of the deals weren’t immediately disclosed.

The Bears were the first team in the NFL to come to agreement with any members of the 2014 draft class, and the club typically completes deals with its draft picks at a much faster rate than the rest of the league.

A defensive tackle, Ferguson played in 38 games at LSU, starting his last 12 outings. Ferguson contributed 85 tackles throughout his career, a sack and five breakups. Ferguson was named all-Southeastern Conference honorable mention in 2013, a season in which he finished fifth on the team in tackles.

Carey earned Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year in 2014 as a running back at Arizona. Having started 24 of 36 games over three years for the Arizona Wildcats, Carey rushed for a school-record 4,239 yards and 48 touchdowns, in addition to contributing 679 yards receiving and four touchdowns on 77 catches.

Carey’s 48 rushing TDs rank No. 2 in FBS history behind Montee Ball of Wisconsin, who scored 49 touchdowns from 2009 to '12.

After starting his career at Miami (2009-12), O’Donnell finished at Miami, hitting a total of 234 punts throughout his college career for a 43.5-yard gross average, while landing 86 of his attempts inside the 20.

Leno, an offensive tackle, started 39 games at Boise State during his last three years at the school -- 13 games at right tackle and 26 on the left side. Leno received first-team All-Mountain West Conference honors as a senior.

With six members of the eight-man 2014 draft class signed, the Bears still need to strike deals with first-round pick Kyle Fuller and third-round pick Will Sutton.

The Fuller deal could take a little more time, because even though there is a salary slotting system, the sides will likely wait until some agreements are reached with some of the others players drafted in the first round.

Michael C. Wright

ESPN Chicago Bears reporter

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