Sep 28, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers defensive back Brock Vereen (21) celebrates after intercepting a pass in the second half against the Iowa Hawkeyes at TCF Bank Stadium. The Hawkeyes won 23-7. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears Sign Brock Vereen and David Fales to 4-Year Contracts

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.


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  • Tom Ward

    The new CBA has helped a lot with getting contracts done early but Cliff Stein is amazing and was getting are contracts done early even before the new CBA. I think the last late hold out was Cedric Benson the number 4 pick back in 2005. Never did well in a Bears uniform. Before the new CBA I wanted to see stats on rookies who held out and missed all or most of training camp and turned out a bust.

  • rob

    Smart move getting Fales signed right away. What an incredible steal the Bears got in the 6th round. Within two years, Fales will be the backup, and if Cutler goes down he will be a successful starter.