The Bears were the first team to sign a player picked in the 2014 draft and they are also the first team to sign their entire draft class.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Bears and third-round pick Will Sutton have agreed on a four-year deal that leaves all eight players the Bears picked under contract. The Bears had a tradition of signing their picks quickly before Phil Emery became their general manager and it is one that hasn’t flagged a bit since his installation.
Sutton is one of two defensive tackles the Bears drafted on the second day of the draft. He and second-round pick Ego Ferguson fill a big need for a team that was gutted repeatedly on defense last season and both should get a chance to earn playing time early in their careers with the Bears as a result.
Sutton was twice named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year during his career at Arizona State and left college with 20.5 sacks and 45.5 tackles for loss. The same kind of disruption at the NFL level would be very welcome in Chicago.