Bears sign Will Sutton to wrap up draft class


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.

23 responses to “Bears sign Will Sutton to wrap up draft class

  1. The Bears don’t mess around. The new CBA slots how much these kids are going to get paid. So pay them and get to work. I think the whole league would like to be able to get this done this fast.

  2. Even with the rookie scale making it easier.. It’s just better for the players, management, and team to get this hashed out heading into camp. Whether or not the bears made the right moves this offseason or not will remain to be seen, but no one can say the aren’t doing everything they can to try and actually build a championship with Emery at the helm. Never felt like Angelo ever tried that hard.

  3. Sutton is first round talent. Unbelievable that he got picked up in the third. Kid’s going to be a monster for them.

  4. Like the husband on the street who brings flowers home for his wife every Friday and makes the other guys look bad, the other 31 franchises are not amused.

  5. If Sutton and Ferguson can step in and contribute right away, this is a scary d-line. Emery has had glaring needs in each of his drafts and addressed them in FA and his pick selection both years. Let’s hope this translates to production as fast as his o-line moves made!

  6. After so many years of league-leading incompetence in the Bears front office, it has been beyond refreshing for this Bears fan to see Phil Emery raise the bar on that organization. Well done.

  7. bassplucker, this is allll Cliff Stein who has been doing this since the the Cedric Benson hold out who he was HIS AGENT. The guy knows his contracts and value like no other.

  8. Cliff Stein is one of the more under-rated contract men in the NFL. It is his fair approach from the minute these kids are drafted to the agreement in terms that gets it done this quickly. All the teams know what their rookie pool is supposed to be, and they know what the players picked in their slots were given in contract $ in prior years. All things considered, it’s pretty easy math to get there. Why not get it done fast?
    Now the front office can focus on post-draft castoffs and cuts, and not have to worry about their rookies being in the fold.
    Still need an upgrade at backup TE, and it would be nice to find another safety or two to compete.

  9. With Sutton and Ferguson contributing right away and with the additons of FA signees Jared Allen and Lamar Houston, this could be a very, very good, and very scary defensive line. Go Bears!

  10. Very efficient signings to get the team heading in to the offseason the right way. Want to know the opposite of efficient? The Minnesota Vikings. After 53 years they have not won a single super bowl… how pathetic is that?

  11. Emery and Co. are what’s known as a “well oiled machine”! One thing that can’t be denied, they actually function like an NFL team, unlike the past couple of decades. Very nice to see……..

  12. I’m hoping Sutton is this year’s Alshon Jeffery. He would have been a Top 15 pick two years ago.

  13. When the contracts are slotted, I really don’t get why it isn’t like this for every team. The contracts are most likely boilerplated. Well done Bears front office, and way to be professional.

  14. The Bears have done this since Cedric Benson held out and then accepted the Bears offer. They have almost always been the first to get draftees signed.

    I’ve watched this over the years admiringly and am glad that someone in the press has now noticed and are giving the Bears credit.

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