Bears sign Joe

LAKE FOREST, IL — The Chicago Bears signed a four-year contract with fourth-round draft pick Leon Joe Wednesday.

Leon Joe is the second of the Bears' eight 2004 draft picks to reach a contract agreement, joining fellow fourth-round pick (110th overall) Nathan Vasher who signed May 24.

Joe, the 112th overall draft choice, was a three-year starter at Maryland (1999-2003) where he amassed 322 tackles (200 solos), 22.5 tackles for losses and three sacks. The 6-1, 235 pounder was selected as an honorable mention All-American by Street & Smith's magazine as a senior and was an all-ACC second-team choice by The NFL Draft Report. During his final season with the Terps he recorded a career-high 112 tackles along with 5.5 TFLs, one sack, 1 interception and one forced fumble.

Defensive tackle Tommie Harris (1st round, 14th overall), defensive tackle Tank Johnson (2nd, 47th), wide receiver Bernard Berrian (3rd, 78th), defensive end Claude Harriott (5th, 147th), quarterback Craig Krenzel (5th, 148th) and cornerback Alfonso Marshall (7th, 215th) are the six remaining Bears draft choices that have not signed.


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