May 02, 02013
The Chicago Bears became the first team to come to terms with a draft pick on a contract and they doubled up Wednesday evening.
The Bears announced that offensive tackle Jordan Mills, a fifth-round pick from Louisiana Tech, and defensive end Cornelius Washington, a sixth-round pick from Georgia, reached terms on four-year contracts.
The Bears with contract negotiator Cliff Stein are typically one of the fastest teams in the NFL when it comes to getting draft pick deals done. It’s not quite as significant now with the contracts slotted following the collective bargaining agreement that was reached in 2011.
Mills’ deal is expected to be worth about $2.32 million with a signing bonus of a little less than $165,000. Washington’s deal will be worth about $2.26 million with a signing bonus of about $104,000.
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