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Bears have 60 percent of draft class signed

5/19/2010

I had to check my calendar Wednesday after the Chicago Bears announced they had signed the third of their five draft choices. At this rate, they'll have everyone signed before minicamp -- let alone training camp.

Defensive end Corey Wootton was the latest to sign. That leaves third-round safety Major Wright and sixth-round quarterback Dan LeFevour as the Bears' remaining targets. The timing of rookie deals is largely irrelevant unless negotiations continue into training camp, but Bears contract negotiator Cliff Stein has long been known for setting the market rather than waiting for it to develop.

The Bears also announced two other expected moves. Safety Danieal Manning signed his restricted free-agent tender, clearing up any ambiguity about his status for this week's veteran minicamp. The Bears also released quarterback Brett Basanez, whose role as the No. 3 quarterback this season is almost certain to go to LeFevour.