The Chicago Bears' annual push to sign their draft class early hasn't changed in the transition from general manager Jerry Angelo to Phil Emery. The Bears agreed to terms with second-round receiver Alshon Jeffery on a four-year contract Wednesday, believed to be the first contract agreement for an NFL draft choice this offseason.
Contracts for rookies have less wiggle room under the new collective bargaining agreement (CBA), and holdouts should be far less frequent. And in truth, agreements aren't necessary until the start of training camp in July.
But clearly, Bears contract negotiator Cliff Stein is getting his usual head start. One down, five more to go. Get 'er done, Cliff.