Bears finance chief and negotiator Cliff Stein has become the NFL standard for having all draft picks under contract fast, typically faster than any other team. The Bears got a third draft choice in the fold on Tuesday, agreeing to terms with tackle Charles Leno, Jr. on a four-year contract.
This follows quarterback David Fales and safety Brock Vereen agreeing to deals on Monday.
Leno, Jr., 6-3, 302 pounds, was selected by the Bears 246th overall in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft after starting all 39 games at both tackle positions (13 at right and 26 at left) over his final three seasons at Boise State. He was a first-team All-Mountain West Conference selection during his senior season starting all 13 games at left tackle.
“We really need a person that has left tackle experience that can provide backup a quality backup at that position so that’s the roster spot that he’ll compete for as our backup left tackle,” GM Phil Emery said.