Bears General Manager Phil Emery just wrapped up his first draft in the job and he wasted almost no time signing the first of the players he picked up in the process.
The Bears announced Wednesday morning that they have already agreed to terms with their second-round pick. Even with the Collective Bargaining Agreement making it much easier for teams to get rookie deals done quickly, this is still a fast development. It’s a four-year deal, financial terms haven’t been disclosed, and it’s the first signing of a 2012 draft pick that we’ve seen this year.
Jeffrey’s final season at South Carolina was seen as a disappointment by many people, but the Bears feel like his production dropped because defenses were focused on stopping him after his monster 2010 season. His size, jumping ability and hands should make him a good complement to Brandon Marshall in the revamped Bears receiving corps.
If Jeffrey catches on to the NFL as quickly as he signs contracts, the Bears will look very smart for drafting him.