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Bears agree to terms with draft picks Greene, Wilson

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Khaseem Greene in action.jpgThe Bears have agreed to terms on four-year contracts with fourth-round draft pick Khaseem Greene and seventh-round draft pick Marquess Wilson.

Greene, a 6-1, 241-pound linebacker from Rutgers, was the 117th overall pick in the draft. Wilson, a 6-4, 184-pound wide receiver from Washington State, was the 236th pick of the draft.

On Wednesday, the Bears agreed to terms with offensive tackle Jordan Mills of Louisiana Tech, their fifth-round pick and defensive end Cornelius Washington, their sixth-round pick.

Four of the Bears' six draft picks have agreed to terms and are not expected to have trouble signing the remaining two: guard Kyle Long, their first-round pick from Oregon, and linebacker Jon Bostic, their second-round pick from Florida.

Last year the Bears signed first-round pick Shea McClellin two weeks after the draft and had all six of their picks signed within 19 days of the draft. The rookie wage scale of the collective bargaining agreement has all but eliminated the contentious holdouts of previous seasons.

The Bears' three-day rookie mini-camp for their draft picks and undrafted free agents opens May 10 at Halas Hall. It is not open to the public.

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Cliff Stein is a machine!

I think there may be a significant turnover of the roster in training camp this year, because I think a lot of teams will start dropping veterans, especially teams that are making scheme conversions from a 3-4 to a 4-3 or vice versa. Now that the CBA has gotten rid of the rookie issues, this frees Emery and staff to keep an eye on the changes. Hopefully there are some DTs that come free, as we have nothing on the roster right now behind Melton and Paea. Collins is average at best, and Fluellen is significantly less than average. Can't count on the UDFAs to round out the roster.

Talking a look at the roster as it stands now, a couple positon groups stand out as getting a serious changeover: OL and LB.

If you assume we will carry 9 OL, 10 max, and you count the givens: Bushrod, Garza, Long, and Mills, that leaves 5 or 6 spots for Webb, Scott, Carimi, Williams, Brown,Britton, Slausen, Brandon, and any UDFAs to fight for

LB, we carry a max of 7 of them: Williams, Anderson, Briggs, Bostic, and Greene are 5. 1 or 2 spots for Costanzo, DeCicco, Thomas, Trahan, Franklin, and Wilson


Add in that we are carrying a roster spot for Hester as solely a return man, and we are going to look very different come September than we looked in December.
The bottom third of our roster has been weak for a long time. It is turning over quickly into a relatively solid group once the changes are made. That is where Angelo failed the most, and where Emery appears to be excelling. When's the last time we had to cut multiple legitimate players at the end of the preseason?
It's been a long time.

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