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Bears sign draft pick Jon Bostic

5/9/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

The Chicago Bears defense will undergo a major transition this offseason 13-year veteran Brian Urlacher no longer leading the pass rush from his typical middle linebacker position next season. The Chicago Bears opted not to bring back Brian Urlacher as he became an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
 
But the team has apparently found their next possible successor to the eight-time Pto Bowler Brian Urlacher in the middle of the Chicago Bears defense, and already gotten him under contract. The Chicago Bears announced they had signed 2013 draft pick Jon Bostic to a four-year rookie contract on Thursday.
 
 Jon Bostic was taken with the 50th overall pick in the second round of last month’s NFL draft. The Chicago Bears haven’t gone higher than the third round in their pursuits of a linebacker since they took Brian Urlacher with the ninth overall pick in the 2000 NFL draft.
 
The 22-year-old Jon Bostic signed his contract just a day before the Chicago Bears begin their rookie minicamp on Friday. The Chicago Bears always seem to prefer to quickly wrap up their rookie draft pick signing each offseason. So far, they’ve gotten five of their six draft picks under contract. Former Rutgers linebacker Khaseem Green (fourth round) Louisiana Tech tight end Jordan Mills (fifth round), Georgia defensive end Cornelius Washington (sixth round) and Washington State wide receiver Marquess Wilson all signed with the Chicago Bears over the past week. The Chicago Bears’ first-round pick Kyle Long remains as the only member of their draft class still without a contract.
 
The University of Florida product Jon Bostic is expected to compete with veteran D.J. Williams for the middle linebacker job this offseason. Jon Bostic was a very productive inside linebacker for the Gators starting 32 of 51 games at the psoition, while recording 237 tackles, eight sacks, 19.5 tackles for loss and five interception over four seasons at the University of Florida. He also posted seven quarterback pressures, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and seven pass break-ups. However, Jon Bostic could possibly also be in for competition against James Anderson at strongside linebacker. Either way, Jon Bostic is highly touted to start in his rookie year.
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