Bears, top pick Kyle Long agree to four-year deal
BY ADAM L. JAHNS email@example.com May 17, 2013 11:26PM
Bears first-round pick Kyle Long takes a break during the team's rookie minicamp May 10 at Halas Hall. | Andrew A. Nelles~Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 19, 2013 6:24AM
The Bears agreed to terms Friday with first-round pick Kyle Long, the 20th overall selection, on a four-year contract with an option. Long was the final draft pick of their 2013 class to reach a deal.
“I just know that Chicago is one of the most historic football towns in the country,” Long said after he was drafted. “There are Chicago Bears fans everywhere in the world. The ‘C’ on the helmet is synonymous with success and tremendous football.”
Details of the deal aren’t known, but it’s expected to be similar to what receiver Kendall Wright, the 20th overall pick in 2012, got from the Tennessee Titans. Wright received more than $8.2 million, including a signing bonus of more than $4.4 million.
Long was a surprise pick, but it’s likely the Oregon product wouldn’t have lasted past the first round. He’s expected to start at guard.
“He’s got to earn his way just like all the players do, but we see a player that’s going to contribute right away,” general manager Phil Emery said.
Long isn’t allowed to participate in the Bears’ organized team activities because of a league rule that prohibits players from taking part until after their college exams. But Long was everything they expected him to be and more when they got a close look at him during their rookie minicamp earlier this month. He lined up at both guard spots and right tackle.
“You can feel him move around and his athleticism,” coach Marc Trestman said. “I saw him run, and certainly he runs very, very well, very smoothly.”