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Rookie LB Jon Bostic agrees to deal with Bears

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When linebacker Jon Bostic steps onto the field Friday during the Bears' rookie minicamp, he'll do so with one less concern.

Bostic agreed to terms on a four-year deal with the Bears on Thursday. As of 2 p.m., the only player from their 2013 draft class without a deal is first-rounder Kyle Long.

"I can't wait to get up there and just get started and get back to football," Bostic told the Sun-Times. "We've been in this whole process of getting me ready for the combine and flying around [to visit] other teams. Now, it's time to really get back to football and get back on the field."

The Bears, as expected, moved quickly to sign their draft picks, getting deals done with linebacker Khaseem Greene, offensive tackle Jordan Mills, defensive end Cornelius Washington and receiver Marquess Wilson last week.

All of them will be reporting to Halas Hall on Thursday for Bears' three-day rookie minicamp. On-the-field training with new Bears coach Marc Trestman begins on Friday.

Bostic, the 50th overall pick out of Florida, will start off at middle linebacker, working with and competing against veteran D.J. Williams. Bostic said he plans on watching plenty of film of Brian Urlacher when he gets to Halas Hall.

"That's one thing I'll definitely do," Bostic said. "The defense is going to be pretty similar to last year and has been in the past, maybe a couple of different things here or there. But to watch him and how he plays the game, how he handles himself in certain situations, those are things that I'll be looking for."

Bostic has already heard from linebacker Lance Briggs.

"He said he's seen a little bit of film on me," Bostic said. "He said he likes what he saw. He's been in this defense a long time so he knows it like the back of his hand. Once I get up there, he wants me to get with him, and if I have any questions, make sure I'm asking him because they want to win. I know for quite a while defense has been one of the strong points of their team, and going into next year, it's one thing I definitely want to carry over.

"Really, it was just the thing of reaching out. Obviously, I've never met [Briggs] before, but for him to reach out to me and offer me any help that I need along this way, along this process, definitely told me that he's going be there to help me get through all this and help me adjust to the next step."

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I think Lance understands this is the last run for the defense as it is right now. After the 2013 season, we have so much of the team coming into decision points:
Cutler contract expires
Tillman contract expires
Jennings contract expires
Garza contract expires
Gould contract expires
Hester contract expires
Melton contract expires
Wootton contract expires
Plus all of the 1 year deals (Williams, Anderson, etc.)

Marshall and Briggs only have one more year after that, and then you have things like Peppers counting $18M against the cap, and this is going to be a very different team in 2014.

My guess is with a shift in defensive scheme pretty much a certainty, Peppers and Briggs will be gone, and they will try and re-sign Wootton for less than half of what Peppers will cost. Hopefully we don't convert to a 3-4, but we will definitely look a lot more like Seattle than Tampa by the start of the season.

This is the last ride for this defense, so it makes sense for Briggs to do as much as he can to bring it together for this season.

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