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Bears reach deal with first-round pick Kyle Long

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And like that the Bears are done.

The Bears agreed to terms with first-round pick guard Kyle Long, the 20th overall selection, on a four-year deal with an option late Friday. Long was the last remaining draft pick of their 2013 class to reach a deal with the Bears.

"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. That's what I'm most excited about, coming to Chicago and being part of the Bears organization."

Details of Long's deal aren't yet 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's deal is worth more than $8.2 million and included a signing bonus of more than $.4.4 million.

Long was a surprise pick at No. 20, but it's likely the Oregon product wouldn't have lasted past the first round. He's expected to start at guard for the Bears.

"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 after taking Long. "Despite his limited time at Oregon, he was a starter at the end of the season. He did very well. His Senior Bowl was excellent. I thought he was the best offensive linemen at the Senior Bowl so we expect him to contribute right away."

Long isn't allowed to partake in the Bears' organized team activities because of a league rule that prohibits players from participating 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."

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I'm glad to see this guy signed and ready to go. If he is as good as his dad, the Bears should have a solid player for many years. He should help a lot n an area that has been a weakness for way too long. Maybe this "Long" is the key to another Super Bowl.

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