Done Deal

The Bears agreed to terms with the remainder of their 2002 draft class, agreeing to terms with six players Wednesday, including a five-year contract with first-round pick Marc Colombo. Defensive end Alex Brown, linebacker Bryan Knight, running back Adrian Peterson, wide receiver Jamin Elliott and tight end Bryan Fletcher each agreed to three-year contracts. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.

The six draftees join the signings of Roosevelt Williams (6/28), Terrence Metcalf (7/12) and Bobby Gray (7/19) to round out the 2002 Chicago Bears draftees.

Colombo, a 6-7, 320-pound tackle from Boston College will battle for the starting position at left tackle with second-year pro Bernard Robertson. The Bears' first-round pick in the 2002 NFL draft (29th overall) did not allow a quarterback sack in twenty games as a starter for BC and played both right and left tackle for the Eagles. As a senior, he was a first-team all-Big East Conference selection by The NFL Draft Report despite missing the team's final four games with a knee injury, starting the first two games at right tackle before moving to the left tackle for six games.

Brown, a 6-3, 268-pound defensive end out of Florida was named the Associated Press' SEC Defensive Player-of-the-Year following his senior season where he recorded 10.5 sacks which ranks eighth on UF's single-season sacks list. During his four-year career, Brown was a Lombardi Award semifinalist in 1999 and 2000 (finalist in 2001) and first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection three-straight years (1999-2001). He established a school record with 33 career sacks and became only the third sophomore in Gator football history to garner first-team All-America honors (1999).

The 6-2, 240-pound Knight (5th, 165th), was a two-time all-Big East defensive end at Pittsburgh where he recorded 232 tackles and ranks seventh in school history with 23.5 sacks. Shifting to linebacker as a pro, he played three seasons on the defensive line for the Panthers after a freshman season at weakside outside linebacker where he made 37 tackles and assisted on one sack.

Peterson, selected in the sixth round with the 199th selection overall, holds multiple school, Southern Conference and NCAA Division I-AA records including career-scoring with 524 points. The 5-10, 208-pound running back out of Georgia Southern rushed for a collegiate record 100 yards in 36 consecutive games and his 40 total 100-yard performances (regular season) set another NCAA record (all divisions). Including playoffs, he rushed for over 100 yards 54 times during his career and became college football's all-time leading rusher with 6,543 yards.

Elliott earned second-team all-Atlantic 10 Conference honors at wide receiver as a senior, leading Delaware with 30 catches for 514 yards and three touchdowns. The 6-0, 187-pounder played in 46 career games with 31 starts for the Blue Hens and he finished third all-time at Delaware in the three major pass receiving categories with 158 receptions for 3,068 yards and 19 touchdowns.

Fletcher, a 6-5, 235-pound tight end out of UCLA was an all-Pac 10 Conference second-team selection as a senior, catching 11 passes for 189 yards and one touchdown. He finished his Bruins career with 30 receptions for 423 yards (14.1 avg) and three touchdowns.

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