The Chicago Bears have come to terms with three more draft picks, third-round defensive tackle Marcus Harrison, third-round receiver Earl Bennett, and fifth-round cornerback Zackary Bowman. I don’t have any confirmation for dollar amounts, but they have all agreed to four year deals.
So far the Bears have been able to sign every draft choice except the two major picks, first-round tackle Chris Williams and second-rounder Matt Forte. There is no word on negotiations and thus far the Bears have handled things very quietly. It appears the organization would rather handle the veteran issues of Tommie Harris, Brian Urlacher, and Devin Hester before locking up their their top two rookies. Neither Williams or Forte has given any indication of troubles and both have been participating in off-season workouts.
As training camp approaches the spotlight might begin to focus on the need to secure both players to a solid deal that will reward them and keep them in town. While they are not top draft picks, both players have to know that they are expected to be starters immediately and I’m sure they will want to be compensated. Given the Bears need at tackle and running back, I don’t think they will have much trouble giving each a substantial contract.