The clock is ticking

The Bears agreed to terms on a four-year contract with fifth-round draft pick <!--Default NodeId For Tron LaFavor is 738199,2003--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:738199]>Tron LaFavor</A> Wednesday. However, as players are due to report by midnight Thursday, the team has yet to sign their top six draft choices.

LaFavor is the sixth of the Bears' 12 2003 draft picks to agree to terms, joining fourth-round pick Todd Johnson, fifth-rounder WR Justin Gage, sixth-round picks LB Joe Odom and RB Brock Forsey and seventh-round selection Bryan Anderson who each signed earlier this summer.

Although, LaFavor received a $112,000 signing bonus, the chances of him making the roster aren't good. Several veterans are ahead of him including Ted Washington, Keith Traylor and Bryan Robinson. Plus the team took LaFavor's teammate and fellow defensive tackle, Ian Scott, in the fourth-round of April's draft.

LaFavor (5th round, 171st overall) was a part-time starter at defensive tackle throughout his four-year career at the University of Florida (1999-2002), starting 13 of 44 games played and recording 112 tackles with three sacks, 13 tackles for losses, three fumble recoveries, two passes defended and one interception. The 6-2, 290 pounder started nine games as a junior, recording 42 tackles and improved his stops his senior season despite only three starts in 12 games, making 51 tackles with two sacks, five tackles for losses, one fumble recovery and one pass defended.

Defensive end Michael Haynes (1st round, 14th overall), quarterback Rex Grossman (1st, 22nd), cornerback Charles Tillman (2nd, 35th), linebacker Lance Briggs (3rd, 68th), defensive tackle Ian Scott (4th, 116th) and wide receiver Bobby Wade (5th, 139th) are the six remaining Bears draft choices that have not signed.

Last year, the club signed its final six draft picks on the eve of the reporting date. It was the first time in five years that all Bears draft picks were in camp on time.

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