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Bears sign Brandon Hardin; entire draft class under contract

Updated: May 15, 2012 4:17PM

The Bears this morning completed a four-year contract with safety Brandon Hardin, which means the 2012 draft class is completely signed.

Hardin’s deal is worth $2.7 million, according to a league source.

The Bears have historically been one of the more aggressive clubs in signing draft picks. Hardin’s deal was a bit more complicated because clubs and agents were at odds on several key issues in the third round.

The 79th overall pick, Hardin played at Oregon State. He’s 6-2, 222 pounds, and he started of 38 games played for the Beavers (2007-11), registering 105 tackles (73 solo), three tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, one interception and seven passes defended.

He missed the entire 2011 season with a shoulder injury.

Hardin is an imposing athlete, and he’ll make an immediate impression on special teams. The team, though, is hoping he can develop as a strong safety. It’ll take time, though, since he mostly played cornerback in college.

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