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Bears 1st-round pick Kyle Fuller agrees to deal

New Bears player Kyle Fuller talks mediFriday afternoHalas Hall. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

New Bears player Kyle Fuller talks to the media Friday afternoon at Halas Hall. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

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Updated: June 17, 2014 2:16PM



Rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller, the 14th overall draft pick, agreed to his four-year deal with a fifth-year team option Wednesday, making defensive tackle Will Sutton the Bears’ only pick left without a deal.

Sutton, the Bears’ third-round selection, is expected to sign soon, possibly before rookie minicamp opens Friday. The Bears’ eight draft picks and nine undrafted rookie free-agent signings, in addition to several tryout players, begin reporting Thursday.

The Bears reached deals Monday with Minnesota safety Brock Vereen and San Jose State quarterback David Fales.

Fuller is the first first-round pick in 2014 to sign. His complete contract details weren’t immediately available, but his deal will be similar to the $9.6 million that Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Star Lotulelei, last year’s No. 14 pick, received. That deal included a $5.4 million signing bonus,

‘‘I’m honored to be a part of the organization, being able to come in and help this defense,’’ Fuller said at his introductory news conference. ‘‘I’m definitely looking forward to coming in and being behind [cornerbacks Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings] and learning from them.’’

Fuller is expected to see time this season at nickel back and in sub packages. He is viewed as Tillman’s eventual replacement, with Tillman playing a mentor role this year.

‘‘I just see it as me going out there and doing my job,’’ Tillman said this week in a radio interview. ‘‘I think the tough thing that [Fuller will] have to do is follow my lead or Tim Jennings’ lead. We’re already established players, and we’re pretty good at what we do.

‘‘All he just really needs to do is sit back, listen, follow, take some notes, but I think he’ll be all right.’’

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