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Friday, May 28, 2010
Updated: June 3, 2:33 PM ET
Bears sign Wright to 4-year deal

By Michael C. Wright
ESPNChicago.com

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears became the first team in the league to sign its entire draft class Friday, when it inked top pick Major Wright, a third-rounder, to a four-year contract.

Wright received an $848,000 signing bonus, and with a fourth-year escalator, the $2.638 million contract could reach $3.363 million. To make room for Wright on the roster, the Bears waived defensive end Lawrence Wilson, an undrafted free agent from Ohio State.

A safety from Florida and the 75th overall pick, Wright projects as a free safety for the Bears, who could earn playing time as a rookie in some of the club's substitution packages, or possibly as a starter. The Bears appear to be set at the position with Danieal Manning and Chris Harris running with the starting group, with Wright and Craig Steltz serving as the top backups.

The signing of Wright closes out a five-player haul for the Bears, who didn't have picks in the first and second rounds. It also marked the second consecutive year the club signed its entire draft class before any other team in the league.

Considered an explosive tackler, who is instinctive in run support, Wright played in 41 games at Florida with 33 starts, and never sat out of a game due to injury.

Wright finished his college career with 165 tackles, 10 pass breakups, eight interceptions, four forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Wright closed out his final season at Florida with 32 tackles and three interceptions.

Michael C. Wright covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com.