Bears Ink Seventh Round Pick
Rod Wilson
Rod Wilson

Posted Jul 14, 2005

With Rod Wilson agreeing to a four-year contract on Wednesday, the Bears have 10 days to get their remaining three draft choices signed before the start of training camp.

The terms of Wilson’s deal have not been disclosed at this time. The seventh round selection (220th overall) is expected to challenge for a roster spot at linebacker.

In five seasons at South Carolina, Wilson played four different positions and appeared in 41 games. Although didn’t move to linebacker until his senior campaign, he earned All-Southeastern Conference honors. He led the Gamecocks with 68 tackles to go with three sacks and a forced fumble.

As a sophomore and junior he played safety, while being used as a wide receiver as a redshirt freshman and one appeared in one game at quarterback as a true freshman.

Over his final three seasons, Wilson totaled 117 tackles (77 solos), including 6.5 tackles for loss and 3 sacks, along with 6 pass break-ups.

Wilson is the 47th selection to sign a contract of the 255 players chosen in the 2005 NFL Draft.

The Bears have come to terms with three of their six draft picks. Along with Wilson, Mark Bradley and Chris Harris both signed last month.

There is still work to be done before the team reports to Bourbonnais on Saturday, July 23rd. Cedric Benson, Kyle Orton and Airese Currie remain unsigned.

Chances are something will get done with Orton and Currie before the first practice, but the same can’t be said for Benson. He’s the only rookie expected to challenge for a starting job. However, the way first round picks are slotted there could be some delay. He and his agent, Eugene Parker, seem willing to wait for other top picks to sign.

“Cedric knows he's a big part of what we're going to do offensively and the way to get off to a good start is to be there at the start of training camp,” said head coach Lovie Smith. “He's been there for all of the mini-camps. He hasn't missed a thing and he likes being a part of this team and I expect him to be on time.”

In other news, the Bears waived offensive tackle Ben Johnson. A seventh-round selection (216th overall) by Detroit in the 2003, he originally signed with Chicago's practice squad on December 14, 2004. The 6-7, 315-pounder was allocated to NFL Europe and played one game for the Amsterdam Admirals.

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