Bears draft picks Mills, Washington in fold

Bears sixth-round choice DE Cornelius Washington from Georgia

Bears sixth-round choice DE Cornelius Washington from Georgia

Staying true to their post-draft promise, the Chicago Bears moved quickly to sign two of the six draft choices from last week’s NFL draft.

Fifth-round choice Jordan Mills, an offensive tackle from Louisiana Tech, and sixth-round defensive end Cornelius Washington of Georgia signed four-year deals today, making them the earliest draft choices for any NFL team to agree to contracts. The 6-5, 316-pound Mills appeared in 37 games with 34 starts (29 at RT and five at LG) in four seasons (2009-12) at Louisiana Tech.

The 6-4, 265-pound Washington started 25 of 51 games for Georgia, recording 76 tackles (46 solos) during his career, with 63 quarterback pressures, 10.5 sacks and 17 tackles for losses. Washington also recovered a pair of fumbles and deflected one pass.

Bears negotiator Cliff Stein signed right after the annual selection meeting, aka the draft, that he planned to have all of the club’s picks under contract by mid-May. He’s off to a quick start.

Bear Tracks: The Bears are looking to add a scout after parting with James Kirkland. Kirkland served the team as a pro scout initially, then handled the scouting duties for the Atlantic region.


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