Next on to-do list

With contracts renegotiated, free agents signed and coaches contract extensions out of the way, the Bears will turn their attention to signing their nine draft picks.

In the past getting their first-round selection into camp on time has been difficult. In fact, David Terrell, Cade McNown and Curtis Enis all missed time do to a contract dispute.

However, this year's first-round pick Marc Colombo shouldn't have the same problem. Because he was only the 29th overall selection, the Bears do not expect difficulty in agreeing to terms with him. Tom Condon represents the left tackle from Boston College. A management study of Condon's recent first-round picks revealed most did not sign until mid-July, which would be fine with the team.

With Colombo eager to compete for the starting job, it would be surprising if he was not in Bourbonnais for the start of camp July 25.

The Bears' rookie pool of $3.3 million will leave the team a little more than $3.7 million under the salary cap. That leaves ample room for the club's next priority, signing wide receiver Marty Booker, strong-side linebacker Rosevelt Colvin and left guard Rex Tucker to long-term contracts. All three signed one-year, $1.227 million tenders and are set to be unrestricted free agents after the season.


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