Bears sign fifth-round draft choice

LAKE FOREST _ Safety Bobby Gray of Louisiana became the third Bears draft pick to sign a contract Friday when he agreed to a three-year deal believed to be worth $1.14 million.

The Bears are hoping Gray can step in and battle Mike Green and possibly veteran free agent acquisition Damon Moore for the starting strong safety position vacated when Tony Parrish signed in free agency with San Francisco.

Gray, the team's first of two fifth-round picks and the 140th player chosen overall, finished his college career with 10 fumble recoveries, five interceptions and 14 pass breakups. He is Louisiana's sixth all-time tackler with 389 stops.

First-round choice Marc Colombo, fourth-round pick Alex Brown, fifth-rounder Bryan Knight and sixth-rounders Adrian Peterson, Jamin Elliott and Bryan Fletcher remain unsigned, although Bears officials have said they expect no problem getting everyone under contract by the start of training camp practices on Friday.

Third-round picks Roosevelt Williams and Terrence Metcalf have already signed three-year deals.

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