Orton in on Time

Bourbonnais - Hours before the start of the first practice, fourth-round pick QB Kyle Orton agreed to a four-year deal with the Bears. Cedric Benson will be a holdout as camp opens later today.

"I don't think there was any pressure on me. I knew I was going to be in camp," Orton said. "I told my agent I wanted to be in camp. We were going to use all the time we could to get the best deal. But there was never any question of holding out."

The Bears drafted Kyle Orton with the 106th overall selection. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed at this time.

Orton is the third quarterback on the depth chart and barring injury will likely remain there for his rookie season. Meaning the majority of his workload will come in practice and the preseason.

"With us only having one practice a day, reps for a No. 3 are going to be limited," Orton said. "I can't miss any practice. I have to get all the reps I can."

A three-year starter at Purdue, Orton concluded his career ranked third on the school's all-time record lists with 9,337 passing yards, 63 TD passes and a completion percentage of 58.8 (786-of-1,336). He totaled 9,653 yards of total offense to rank second to Drew Brees (12,692) in school history.

At 6-4, 223 pounds, Orton finished career ranked fourth in Big Ten history with 9,337 passing yards and fourth in school history with seven 300-yard passing games, including one 500-yard game and two 400-yard games. He had only 2.01 percent of his passes (28) intercepted at Purdue.

While the Bears' offense is not nearly as wide open as the attack Orton played in at Purdue, he looks forward to working with offensive coordinator Ron Turner.

"I love working with Coach Turner," Orton said. "He's proven himself throughout college and the pros. He's a great coach and it should be a good offense."

Orton becomes the fifth of six draft choices to agree to terms. Benson's holdout will likely extend into the week, as no first round draft pick has agreed to terms.

"Right now, he's not in camp. That's all we know," said head coach Lovie Smith.


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