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Bears sign two draft picks

Nathan Enderle AP

We haven’t seen that many 2011 draft picks signed to contracts yet, but they are starting to trickle in.

To little surprise, the Bears are one of the first to get deals done. The team sent out a release Wednesday announcing that they signed quarterback Nathan Enderle and linebacker J.T. Thomas to four-year contracts.

Enderle was a fifth-round pick, the 160th overall, out of Idaho. He put up impressive numbers as a four-year college starter, but wasn’t seen as having enough arm strength leading up to draft day. He is ticketed for the number three job in Chicago behind Jay Cutler and Caleb Hanie.

Thomas was the team’s sixth-round pick after playing his college ball in front of Florio with the West Virginia University. He gained some fame in May when he stepped in as the prom date for a 14-year-old girl in a wheelchair. That act will probably have some not Bears and Mountaineers fans rooting for Thomas this season.

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5 Responses to “Bears sign two draft picks”
  1. scoob766 says: Jul 27, 2011 12:54 PM

    This is the Bears idea of Free Agency, let Olin slip to the Niners…

  2. catchhester23 says: Jul 27, 2011 1:35 PM

    Olin isn’t going anywhere also he doesn’t want to go anywhere. This is the bears idea of free agency get your rookies signed so you can see what’s left to bring in the big names “peppers ring a bell” and not go over the cap. Unlike some teams out there.

  3. jutts says: Jul 27, 2011 2:16 PM

    Please tell me Olin is signed ,sealed and delivered. He is the most important cog in the Bears O-line. He is also imperetive in the learning curve for the “Hebrew Hammer”, Carimi.

  4. comeonnowguys says: Jul 27, 2011 2:20 PM

    Oh right, they drafted Enderle. It’s kinda funny that the Bears backup QB is traditionally the most loved person in all of Chicago, except for in this case the one guy who doesn’t love him actually has a say in when he plays.

    So how soon before Mike Martz shoe-horns Enderle into #2 ahead of Caleb Hanie? I think he’s going to do it after a big lunch on Friday.

  5. bears0492 says: Jul 27, 2011 2:26 PM

    Nathan Enderle not having enough arm strength? Huh?

    He’s known as a quarterback who can make all the throws, whether its after stepping up in the pocket or while on the run.

    from ProFootballWeekly – “Looks the part. Outstanding size and arm strength to drive the ball into tight spaces. Extremely intelligent and has a strong understanding of the game — set protection and was given reign to heavily audible at the line. Works and practices hard. Very experienced, pro-style passer. Has physical tools to develop.”

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