Second-rounder Bostic inks Bears contract


And then there was one. With second-round draft choice Jon Bostic’s signing of a four-year deal, first-round pick Kyle Long remains the only unsigned Chicago Bears draft choice as rookie mini-camp begins this weekend.

The 6-1, 245 pound Bostic was selected by the Bears in the second round (50th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. He started 32 of 51 games at middle linebacker in four seasons (2009-12) at Florida, recording 237 tackles, eight sacks, 19.5 tackles for loss and five interceptions. The Wellington, Fla. native added seven quarterback pressures, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and seven pass break-ups.

Bostic’s speed, instincts, and playmaking ability should allow him to make an immediate impact on special teams, with an opportunity to get on the field in specialized situations.

Paw prints: Along with their six man rookie class, the Bears will welcome approximately 60 players to Halas Hall. The group includes ten first-year players, ten undrafted free agents, and approximately 24 “tryout” players….Former Rutgers WR Mark Harrison, a  rookie priority free agent scheduled to be signed after the draft,  failed his physical, and did not sign due to a broken bone in his foot suffered during pre-draft workouts. The Bears may have interest in signing him once he’s fully recovered this summer. Harrison’s absence leaves the Bears roster at 89, one shy of the maximum 90-man limit. Harrison is a big target with fine straight-line speed. He impressed at the NFL scouting combine in February and was productive in college.  If/when the Bears sign him, he’ll have an opportunity to push for one of the final receiving spots if he has a strong training camp.

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