Bears Sign DE Dan Bazuin

The Bears open training camp at Olivet Nazarene University on Friday, and they'll do so with all nine of their draft picks signed and delivered. Defensive end Dan Bazuin, a second-round selection out of Central Michigan, agreed to terms on a four-year contract Wednesday afternoon. Bazuin is a former MAC Defensive Player of the Year and has a reputation as a hard-working overachiever.

Per the Chicago Bears:

LAKE FOREST, IL — Chicago Bears defensive end Dan Bazuin agreed to terms on a four-year contract today. Bazuin was selected by the Bears in the second round (62nd overall) out of Central Michigan. He is the last of nine players selected by the Bears in this year's draft to reach a contract agreement with the team. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Bazuin is the Chippewas' career record-holder for sacks (35.5) and tackles for loss (63.5), ranking second and seventh, respectively, all-time in the MAC in those categories. The three-time all-MAC first-team selection was the defensive MVP of the 2007 East-West Shrine Game after recording 2.5 sacks during the contest.

JC's Take: Congratulations to GM Jerry Angelo and the rest of the front office for getting all nine of his draft picks signed on the dotted line before the team reports to training camp. Bazuin will head to Bourbonnais second on the depth chart at left defensive end behind veteran Adewale Ogunleye, but he'll get plenty of snaps with the way head coach Lovie Smith likes to rotate his defensive linemen. There has been some chatter about Bazuin potentially moving inside because this team could be a little thin at tackle, but at 265-270 pounds, it's not going to happen unless he puts on some serious mass.

John Crist is the Editor in Chief of BearReport.com and a member of the Professional Football Writers of America. To read him every day, visit BearReport.com and become a Chicago Bears insider.

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