Bears lockup Draft Class
With just a day before they are set to open camp the CHicago Bears have agreed to deals with all five members of their 2011 draft class.
On Wednesday they locked up their 5th and 6th round picks, Nathan Enderle and JT Thomas, then late Thursday night they locked up 3rd and 4th rounds picks, Stephen Paea and Chris Conte, before finally locking up big first rounder Gabe Carimi on Friday as players were reporting to camp.
Gabe is expected to step right in and probably start at either left or right tackle while Paea might have the chance to fill the hole left by the release of Tommie Harris but at the very least will be part of the rotation at DT. Enderle will be the project 3rd QB behind Jay Cutler and hopefully Caleb Hanie, if he is resigned. Conte and Thomas will provide some depth and could contribute immedatily on special teams since the Bears have let guys like Danielle Manning and Rashied Davis leave in free agency.
Paea, Conte, Enderle and Thomas all signed 4 year deals while Carimi's contract details are not yet known. Having the draft class locked up is a good thing for the Bears since they have yet to resign center Olin Kruetz and face a possible holdout by running back Matt Forte. Hopefully both those can get resolved quickly and the players can focus on the upcoming season instead of worrying about who isn't here.