The Chicago Bears and defensive end Shea McClellin agreed to terms on a four-year contract on Friday. The Bears used their first round pick (the 19th overall selection) to draft the Boise State product.

McClellin is expected to be the starting left defensive end opposite of Julius Peppers in 2012. Many thought he was best-suited to be a 3-4 outside linebacker, but the Bears are very confident that he can be a successful hand-on-the-ground, 4-3 defensive end.

McClellin's biggest strength is without question his ability to get to the quarterback, and finding such a player was without question the Bears' biggest need heading into the draft. The 6'3", 260-pounder had 20.5 sacks in 49 games at Boise State, and keep in mind that their defense wasn't even on the field frequently with how dominant their offense was.

McClellin ran an impressive 4.63 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, and is exceptionally quick off the edge. He has great football instincts, and is a very high-motor guy that Rod Marinelli should absolutely love working with.

The Bears now have five of their six draft picks signed, with third-round pick Brandon Hardin (safety) the only player yet to sign.


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The Bears were able to work out with coaches on the field for the first time this offseason on Wednesday at Halas Hall, and ChicagoBears.Com got some video of the session, which included Jay Cutler connecting with Brandon Marshall on passes for the first time as Bears, and Jason Campbell throwing passes for the first time as a Bear:


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But apparently you didn't listen, paparazzi:


Awesome. Earl Bennett would surely love those shoes too.

H/T: ChiCity Sports

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Alshon Jeffery, a 6'3", 216-pound wide receiver out of South Carolina, signed a four-year deal with the Bears on Wednesday. In doing so, he became the first member of the 2012 NFL Draft class to sign with a team. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Bears traded up five spots in the second round to draft Jeffery with the No. 45 pick (while also giving up a fifth round pick). The move was highly approved by Bears fans, as the receiver's potential is immense, and he gives Jay Cutler another big target to throw to. He's expected to be the starting "Z" receiver opposite Brandon Marshall immediately.

Jeffery came into the 2011 college football season as a projected first round pick. Heck, I personally thought he and Justin Blackmon were neck and neck for the top NFL wide receiver prospect entering the season. But Jeffery's production declined last season in comparison to the previous year, thanks to issues such as weight gain, and South Carolina's disastrous quarterback situation.

Jeffery's currently in great shape, and he, as well as the Bears, sound confident in his ability to maintain a playing weight in the 215-220-pound area. And you'd think that with being the first player of the entire NFL draft class to sign, he's not messing around.


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