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What's the hold up on Brandon Hardin contract?

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It may seem puzzling to some of you, that the Bears have completed deals for all of their draft picks except for one.

Particularly since first-rounder Shea McClellin signed his four-year deal Friday.

The lone wolf for the Bears is safety Brandon Hardin, the third-round pick.

So what's the deal?

I'm told contracts in rounds four through seven are no-brainers, and we've already seen a bunch completed in the first- and second-round. Teams and agents are given the minimum and maximum first-year cap numbers, and they calculate the rest of the deal around that.

But only a couple (perhaps only two) third-round deals have been done because teams have different approaches on how to reach that number.

Some teams maxed out the 25 percent in years two through four, while other clubs offered smaller additional compensation, such as workout bonuses. Some teams even offered minimum salaries for years two to four.

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