Bears sign 2nd-round draft pick Ego Ferguson, plus 3 others
BY PATRICK FINLEY Staff Reporter May 13, 2014 7:44PM
Updated: May 16, 2014 11:28PM
If the Bears lead the league in something, it’s quick draftee signings.
The team signed four more draft picks Tuesday, bringing their total to six in a two-day period.
LSU defensive tackle Ego Ferguson, Arizona running back Ka’Deem Carey, Miami punter Pat O’Donnell and Boise State offensive tackle Charles Leno Jr. were inked to four-year deals.
Terms were not disclosed, but the collective-bargaining agreement mandates similar deals to players chosen at the same draft position in 2013.
Ferguson, the 6-2, 315-pounder who had a career-high 58 tackles last season, should receive a salary akin to last season’s 51st overall pick. Redskins defensive back David Amerson signed a four-year, $3.85 million deal last season, with $1.18 million guaranteed.
Carey, who coach Marc Trestman called a “three-down back” behind starter Matt Forte, should receive roughly the same pay as last year’s No. 117 selection, the Bears’ Khaseem Greene. The linebacker signed a four-year, $2.59 million contract that gave him $432,092 in guaranteed money.
O’Donnell, picked No. 191, should make near what Redskins defensive back Bacarri Rambo signed for in 2013: four years, $2.261 million, with $101,672 guaranteed.
Leno will make a salary comparable to last year’s No. 246 pick, the 49ers’ Carter Bykowski, whose four-year deal netted $2.205 million with a $45,896 signing bonus.
The Bears will try to sign their two remaining draftees — Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller and Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton — before rookie mini-camp starts Friday.
On Monday, the Bears signed Minnesota safety Brock Vereen and San Jose State quarterback David Fales to four-year contracts.