Bears Sign Okwo and Beekman

Okwo was an all-Pac-10 pick as a senior in 2006

The Bears enjoyed their three-day holiday weekend, but it was back to business on Tuesday. Two more 2007 draft picks, third-round linebacker Michael Okwo and fourth-round guard Josh Beekman, came to terms on their rookie contracts. Okwo is expected to compete for time at outside linebacker with Lance Briggs threatening to hold out, while Beekman can provide depth at both guard and center.

Per the Chicago Bears:

LAKE FOREST, IL — The Chicago Bears signed linebacker Michael Okwo and guard Josh Beekman to four-year contracts today. Okwo was selected by the Bears in the third round (94th overall) out of Stanford, and Beekman was drafted in the fourth round (130th overall) from Boston College. They are the sixth and seventh of nine players chosen by Chicago in this year's draft to sign with the team. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Okwo earned first-team all-Pac-10 honors as a senior at linebacker and as a sophomore on special teams while at Stanford. Named team MVP during his senior season, the Redondo Beach, CA native finished his collegiate career with 181 tackles (117 solos), 4 sacks, 15.5 TFLs, 2 blocked kicks and 1 interception.

Beekman started all 37 contests (34 at right guard, 3 at center) in his final three seasons at Boston College and 39 of 50 games played overall during his collegiate career. He became the school's first player to receive AP first-team All-America honors since 2001 after his senior season while also being named the ACC's most valuable blocker.

Okwo and Beekman join third-round pick Garrett Wolfe (93rd overall), fifth-round selections Kevin Payne (167th overall) and Corey Graham (168th overall) and seventh-round draftees Trumaine McBride (221st overall) and Aaron Brant (241st overall) as Chicago's signed draft picks. The Bears' two draft picks yet to sign are first-round pick Greg Olsen (31st overall) and second-round selection Dan Bazuin (62nd overall).

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