Bears sign Ka’Deem Carey

AP

At the rate the Bears are going, they may have all of their draft picks signed before the other 31 teams have announced their undrafted free agent signings.

The Bears announced the signing of the fourth player from their eight-man draft class on Tuesday afternoon. Running back Ka’Deem Carey, a fourth-round pick last Saturday, has joined safety Brock Vereen, quarterback David Fales and tackle Charles Leno Jr. as the new owner of a four-year contract with Chicago.

Carey finished his career at Arizona as the school’s career leader in rushing yards, rushing touchdowns and all-purpose yards and led the nation in rushing yards during the 2012 season. Carey finished third in that metric in his final collegiate season, but questions about his size and the amount of work he saw in college (300-plus carries in each of the last two seasons) helped him slip to the fourth round. Matt Forte needs a complementary back to join him in the backfield rotation, though, and Carey has the inside track on the job.

The Bears have been quick to sign their draft picks in recent years and Carey’s signing is the fourth illustration that nothing will be different this time around.