Bears Ink Fifth-Round Choice

The Bears have two draft picks left to sign after WR Airese Currie agreed to a five-year deal on Wednesday.

The Bears selected Currie in the fifth round with the 140th overall selection. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The speedy wideout finished his career tied for seventh on Clemson's all-time list for receptions (138) and sixth in receiving yards (2,030) while totaling 10 TDs and averaging 14.7 yards per catch. He started 27 of 46 career games played for the Tigers.

As a senior he earned first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors, as he hauled in 61 passes for 868 yards and 2 touchdowns.

The 5-11, 185-pounder was an All-ACC sprinter in each of his three seasons of track-and-field. As a junior he won the NCAA East Regional title in the 100m (10.29) and earned All-American honors as a sophomore as part of the 4x100 meter relay team that won the ACC title and finished second in the nation at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Currie has been unable to practice because of off-season surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left foot. He'll begin training camp on the Active/Non-Football Injury list. He still counts toward the 80-man training camp roster limit and will be eligible to return to practice with the team upon passing a physical examination.

The Bears have signed four of their six draft picks. Currie joins LB Rod Wilson, WR Mark Bradley and S Chris Harris. RB Cedric Benson and QB Kyle Orton have yet to sign.

Benson is the toughest challenge for the Bears. Talks have not progressed to the point where the two sides are close. Orton will likely get a deal done by the weekend because a holdout for a quarterback can stunt growth more than any other position.


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