Bears aim to have all draft picks signed by May 28

The Chicago Bears were not the first team to sign a draft pick but if all goes as planned, they could be the first team to get all of their picks under contract.

LSU wide receiver Trindon Holliday, a sixth-round draft pick by the Houston Texans, signed a four-year contract on Friday making him the first player from the 2010 draft to put his name on a contract.

Keep an eye on how many players the Bears get signed over the next two weeks. They only have five draft picks, and contract negotiator Cliff Stein told the agents for the team’s selections that his goal was to have all signed by May 28, a week from Friday.

Making Stein’s goal attainable is the fact that he will not have to hammer out first- or second-round draft picks. The Bears were in that same position a year ago when the team had all of its picks signed by June 10.

The advantage for the team to doing deals early is to set the market. Stein has been pro-active in getting deals done in recent years. The first pick he has to deal with is Florida safety Major Wright, drafted in the third round, 75th overall. Wright is represented by Mitch Frankel.

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