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Bears get Jon Bostic under contract

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The post-Brian Urlacher era has begun for the Bears and they announced Thursday that they’ve got one of his possible successors under contract.

Jon Bostic, taken with the 50th overall pick in the second round last month, has agreed to a contract with the team a day before the start of their rookie minicamp. Bostic’s signing leaves offensive lineman Kyle Long, Chicago’s first-round pick, as the only member of their draft class without a contract.

Bostic is expected to compete with former Bronco D.J. Williams for the middle linebacker job this spring and summer. He was a very productive inside linebacker for Florida, racking up 19 tackles for losses, 7.5 sacks and five interceptions during his three years as a Gator.

Whether or not he wins the job right away, the Bears are looking to Bostic as a key player in their transition to a defense without Urlacher. Bostic was the first linebacker picked before the third round since the Bears took Urlacher ninth overall in 2000, leaving him as the likeliest heir to the job in the middle of the Chicago defense.

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8 Responses to “Bears get Jon Bostic under contract”
  1. filthymcnasty1 says: May 9, 2013 3:16 PM

    You can’t replace Urlacher with a guy that has a neck.

  2. jcmeyer10 says: May 9, 2013 3:17 PM

    I wanted the Pats to draft him. Only watched a couple Gator games but saw something about him I liked.

  3. southpaw2k says: May 9, 2013 3:32 PM

    Had the Ravens not drafted Arthur Brown I’d be very upset they didn’t land Bostic. I really think he’s going to be – pardon the expression -a bear at inside linebacker long term.

  4. inyofaceagain says: May 9, 2013 3:35 PM

    The Bears kinda fell off. Even with B Marsh. They need a TE that is productive, and a better o-line. But Cutler didn’t get a contract for a reason.

  5. cadillacjosh says: May 9, 2013 4:07 PM

    inyofaceagain-

    They did get a productive TE in Martellus Bennett. They also signed to FA OL and drafted a few. All of the big criticisms people had of the Chicago Bears they took a real shot at fixing.

    How it pays off is another story.

  6. chi01town says: May 9, 2013 5:22 PM

    Lets wait until the preseason atleast
    before we start judging the Chicago
    Bears, with a new Coach.. O-line.. TE
    and a real offensive system in place
    who knows how good Cutler could be with Marshall.. Forte.. and Jeffery.

  7. istateyourname says: May 9, 2013 8:58 PM

    The Bears have always been good with getting their draft picks signed up (and then ruining their knees or shoulders shortly thereafter).

  8. mputelli55 says: May 10, 2013 2:02 AM

    YES!! Jeffery will be a beast this season!!! Dude has been workin this offseason!

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