LAKE FOREST, IL — The Chicago Bears signed defensive back Corey Graham to a four-year contract today. Graham was selected by the Bears in the fifth round (168th overall) out of New Hampshire and is the third of nine players chosen by Chicago in this year's draft to sign with the team. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Graham started all 42 contests he appeared in during his collegiate career, registering 302 tackles (fourth-most in school history) with 12 interceptions, 31 passes defensed, 1 TFL, 4 forced fumbles and 3 fumble recoveries. The Buffalo, NY native also returned two interceptions for touchdowns. A versatile athlete, Graham holds the University of New Hampshire career record and ranks seventh all-time in Division I-AA history with 1,787 kickoff return yards on 65 returns (27.5 avg.) in four seasons with the Wildcats (2003-2006). His 27.5-yard kickoff return average ranks second in Atlantic Ten Conference history and his 32.3 yards per kickoff return in 2006 was the 17th-best single-season average in I-AA annals. He is the only player in UNH history to score a touchdown on interception, kickoff and punt returns during a career. Graham also gained 128 yards and a score on 12 punt returns (10.7 avg.) in his collegiate career.
Graham joins third-round pick Garrett Wolfe (93rd overall) and fellow fifth-round pick Kevin Payne (167th overall) as Chicago's signed draft picks. The Bears' six draft picks yet to sign are first-round pick Greg Olsen (31st overall), second-round pick Dan Bazuin (62nd overall), third-round selection Michael Okwo (94th overall), fourth-round pick Josh Beekman (130th overall) and seventh-round selections Trumaine McBride (221st overall) and Aaron Brant (241st overall). Respectively, Wolfe and Payne were the first and second of the 255 overall selections in the 2007 NFL Draft to reach agreement with their individual team.