Bostic signs four-year deal; Long remains only pick unsigned

Bostic signs four-year deal; Long remains only pick unsigned
May 9, 2013, 5:00 pm
Share This Post

Another piece of the presumed future of the Chicago Bears defense snapped into place on Thursday when linebacker and second-round draft choice Jon Bostic agreed to a four-year.

The signing leaves offensive lineman Kyle Long as the only unsigned Bears 2013 draft choice as finance chief Cliff Stein again has the Bears on the brink of being the first team to have all its draft choices signed, something of an annual tradition under Stein’s fiscal stewardship.

[MORE: Bears sign Wilson, Greene]

Bostic was the 50th-overall pick of the draft, a 6-1, 245-pound fixture from Florida who was timed at 4.61 sec. in the 40-yard dash, among the fastest for linebackers at this year’s Scouting Combine. Bostic is projected as the Bears middle linebacker of the future, ultimately taking the job long held by Brian Urlacher, who timed at 4.59 in the 40 at his Combine, freakish for a players 258 pounds.

Bostic will be behind D.J. Williams on the depth chart when he starts his Bears career with the weekend’s rookie minicamp on Friday. But coaches have indicated that Bostic and fellow rookie Khaseem Greene will work at more than one position in addition to special teams while they are backups.

[RELATED: Bears agree with Mills, Washington]