The Chicago Bears are the first team to sign all of their 2014 NFL draft picks after they signed third round pick Will Sutton to a four-year deal Thursday morning.
#Bears have agreed to terms with 3rd-round pick Will Sutton (4-year deal). All of the club’s 2014 draft picks are now under contract.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) May 15, 2014
#Bears 3rd rd pick DT Will Sutton 4-yr deal worth $3,115,844 and signing bonus is $586,068
— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) May 15, 2014
The Bears cap guru Cliff Stein has worked fast in the past few years to get the rookies signed as quickly as possible, but this may be a new record as all eight of the draft picks will be under contract when the team’s rookie minicamp gets underway on Friday.
Sutton is expected to compete for reps at the three-technique spot at defensive tackle after being named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year each of the past two seasons, although his production dropped considerably as a senior after an All-American junior season when he played 40 pounds lighter and had 13 sacks and 23.5 tackles for loss.