The Bears wrapped up rookie minicamp this afternoon and a team spokesman said there were no immediate plans to sign any of the 25 tryout players, not today any way.
Coach Lovie Smith said it was something that would be discussed but if the Bears have not acted yet it's pretty clear no one blew them away.
The numbers right now allow them to do about anything they want.
The club lists 79 players on its roster but only players under contract counts against the 80-man limit. That means you can subtract the nine draft picks to get to 70 players under contract. Therefore, the Bears could sign 10 additional players. However, once draft picks sign, they immediately count against the 80-man limit.
So, really the Bears are working with one open roster spot when you look ahead to training camp. At some point, they will bring in a second punter to share some chores with Brad Maynard. It will not be surprising if there is some more roster shuffling, but for the most part what you see now is what you're going to get in Bourbonnais, Ill.
General manager Jerry Angelo said at the conclusion of the draft that realistically he could see six of the team's nine draft picks making the 53-man roster but added that he thought all of them had the ability to do so.
"I'm trying to figure out what three Jerry didn't like,'' Smith joked after practice. "Really, as you look at our draft, it was a good draft. All of the players we drafted, I think, bring something to the table. They have a chance. You look at our history, tryout players have started for us. Brandon McGowan started for us.
"We've had free agents so I think most of the draft picks along with a couple of the free agents will have a chance. You're trying to get great competition and it seemed like every year we get more based on the kind of players we have."
We will check in with an edition of Four Down Territory on Monday and have some more analysis coming out of rookie minicamp weekend as well.