The Chicago Bears strike again! Leave it to Chicago Bears lead contract negotiator Cliff Stein. If they handed out Lombardi Trophies for working out contracts, the Bears would be champions every year. The Bears announced the signings of the first draft picks from the 2014 draft class as they inked fourth round selection safety Brock Vereen and sixth round selection quarterback David Fales to four year contracts.
Vereen will be expected to compete with Chris Conte, MD Jennings and Ryan Mundy for time in the Bears’ secondary. Meanwhile, David Fales will be pushing his former mentor Jordan Palmer for a spot on the Bears’ roster backing up Jay Cutler.
I remember a time when players would hold out into training camp trying to work out a better deal while the Misers of the Midway tried to pinch every penny. A lot of the Bears’ recent success certainly has to do with the new collective bargaining agreement slotting salaries, but it’s also due to the fine work of Cliff Stein, who’s the best in the business at getting these deals done. You can expect the rest of the Bears’ rookie class to be under contract by the time rookie mini camp opens this weekend.