Bears sign Vereen, Fales

The Chicago Bears have agreed to terms with two draft picks - fourth-round safety Brock Vereen and sixth-round quarterback David Fales - on four-year contracts.

LAKE FOREST, IL — The Chicago Bears have agreed to terms with S Brock Vereen and QB David Fales on four-year contracts.

The 5-11, 199-pound Vereen was selected by Chicago in the fourth round (131st overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Minnesota. He started 36-of-47 games played over four seasons with the Gophers, recording 200 tackles (127 solos) – including 7.5 tackles for losses, four interceptions and 22 pass deflections. As a senior in 2013 he was named All-Big Ten Conference first team by the league's coaches and was an honorable mention by the media after starting all 13 games (11 at free safety and two at right cornerback), recording 59 tackles (41 solos) – including 2.5 TFLs, one interception, 6 pass break ups and one forced fumble. During his career the versatile Vereen started four at left cornerback, 14 at right cornerback, seven at strong safety and 11 at free safety.

The 6-1, 228-pound Fales was selected in the sixth round (183rd overall) after starting all 25 games as San Jose State's quarterback over the last two seasons (2012-13), completing 639-of-938 passes (68.1 percent) for 8,382 yards, 66 touchdowns and 22 interceptions. He was one of only two quarterbacks in the FBS to pass for over 4,000 yards in each of the last two seasons, along with Fresno State's David Carr. Fales owns the two top passing seasons in San Jose State history with 4,193 yards in 2012 and 4,189 in 2013, the single-season school record for touchdown passes (33 in both 2012 and 2013) and the top two marks for completions (327 in 2012 and 312 in 2013).

Vereen and Fales are the first 2014 draft picks to agree to terms with their respective team.


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