Bears Sign Six of Nine Draft Picks

Ever since going through an ugly contract holdout with Cedric Benson four seasons ago, the Chicago Bears have been very proactive about getting all of their draft picks signed and into camp on time. On Friday, the Monsters of the Midway got the process rolling by coming to terms with six draftees.

According to senior NFL reporter Adam Caplan, the Monsters of the Midway agreed to terms Friday with six of their nine selections from the 2009 NFL Draft.

Cornerback D.J. Moore (fourth round, No. 119 overall), receiver Johnny Knox (fifth, 140), linebacker Marcus Freeman (fifth, 154), safety Al Afalava (sixth, 190), guard Lance Louis (seventh, 246), and receiver Derek Kinder (seventh, 251) are now on the books officially. No financial information on any of the six deals was disclosded by the Bears organization.

Defensive tackle Jarron Gilbert (third round, No. 68 overall), receiver Juaquin Iglesias (third, 99), and defensive end Henry Melton (fourth, 106) remain unsigned at this point.

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