Chicago Bears Sign First Round Pick Kyle Long
April 26, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; General manager Phil Emery (left) and head coach Marc Trestman (right) stand with first-round selection of guard Kyle Long (center) from Oregon University during a Chicago Bears press conference at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: Reid Compton-USA TODAY Sports
The Bears have their entire 2013 draft class under contract, as they’ve reached agreement to a contract with first round selection Kyle Long. Long was the last of the class to agree to terms as rest of the rookie class had new paper before rookie minicamp last week.
Terms of the four year deal, with a team option have not been disclosed, but with the new slotting you can bet that it’s somewhere in the ballpark of the 4 year $8 million that Shea McClellin got last season as the 19th pick.
The downside with Long is that he can’t participate in the Bears offseason program thanks to a rule that prohibits rookies from participating in offseason programs until after their school is done for the year. Since Oregon is on the quarter system, Long won’t be eligible to return Halas Hall until June 14th, the day after the Bears offseason program wraps up.
With the entire class in the fold as usual, Cliff Stein and the front office get to take a well deserved vacation.