Eager to Play

The Bears first round draft pick of 2002 Marc Colombo is still unsigned. Colombo's agent along with the Chicago Bears organization will be working on the contract situation starting sometime this week.

"I was told they are not going to start talking until the first week of July," said Colombo. Hopefully the Bears will lock up the first rounder, past instances have proven that the sooner a rookie is signed the better they will produce out on the field.

In past years, Curtis Enis and Cade McNown, both high first round picks of the Chicago Bears were locked out of training camp, unsigned during the camp. Both had terrible rookie years, and their careers since have not been much better. Enis, the former fifth overall pick in the draft is now out of football, while Cade McNown was recently traded to the San Francisco 49ers for a seventh round pick.

On the other hand, 2000 first rounder Brian Urlacher was signed and took part in the entire Bears training camp. The extra time allowed Urlacher to work out the kinks of adjusting to the NFL, while learning a new position, Urlacher went on to earn NFL defensive rookie of the year for the Bears in the 2000 season.

Now comes Colombo's turn, Colombo insists though that money is unimportant and that the contract situation should not be a problem. "Money is not an issue to me, that's what I have an agent for, I just want to play football," added Colombo. Training camp starts July 26 in Bourbonnais.


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