While the Bears didn't expect to have any Cedric Benson-like holdouts this year since they didn't make a selection until the third round, Chicago is the first team to have all of its picks in the NFL Draft under contract.
The Midway Monsters signed defensive tackle Jarron Gilbert (68th overall) and wide receiver Juaquin Iglesias (99th) to four-year deals Wednesday, and both of them are expected to challenge for playing time as rookies. Gilbert, a 6-5, 288-pounder out of San Jose State, has the versatility to play outside on running downs and also inside against the pass. Iglesias, a 6-1, 210-pounder out of Oklahoma, has the makings of a reliable possession target.
Angelo and Co. had to wait until the eve of training camp a year ago before finally getting first-round pick Chris Williams signed on the dotted line, but they'll have no such drama this year when the team heads to Bourbonnais in July.
Gilbert is expected to challenge for some playing time right away along the defensive line.
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The Bears have wasted little time getting their draftees to agree to terms after Benson orchestrated a 36-day holdout upon being selected No. 4 overall in the 2005 draft. Not only did the standoff rob him of a chance to make an immediate impact as a rookie, but he made enemies quickly with established veterans in the Chicago locker room earning a fraction of what Benson eventually got: $17 million in guaranteed money alone. Since the Benson debacle, all 37 choices from 2006-09 have been in camp on time.
Defensive end Henry Melton (106th overall), cornerback D.J. Moore (119th), receiver Johnny Knox (140th), linebacker Marcus Freeman (154th), safety Al Afalava (190th), guard Lance Louis (246th), and receiver Derek Kinder (251st) all agreed to four-year contracts May 29.
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