Bears Sign Rookie Running Back Unga

The Bears may have added a significant piece to their 2010-2011 roster with the signing of Utah-born rookie running back Harvey Unga.

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Bears' Unga Contract Worth At Least $1.8 Million

Via Chicago Breaking Sports, here are some details on the deal that Harvey Unga signed yesterday:

Unga received a signing bonus of just less than $56,300, according to a league source. The Bears, who announced the signing Wednesday, chose Unga in the seventh round of the supplemental draft. The team was assigned the 12th pick, meaning Unga was officially pick 7-12a of the draft.

The Washington Redskins chose wide receiver Terrence Austin with the 12th pick in the seventh round of the April draft. The signing bonus the Bears gave Unga is more in line with what has been paid to picks closer to the middle of the round.

Unga’s contract includes an escalator for 2013 that raises the base pay for that season from $575,000 to $1.308 million or the low tender for restricted free agents. He needs to hit a playing-time minimum in order to trigger the bump in pay. That makes the max value of Unga’s deal $2.58 million.

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Bears Sign Rookie Running Back Unga

Multiple sports news outlets are reporting that the Bears have signed 21-year-old running back Harvey Unga to a four-year deal. The amount of the contract was not disclosed as of this writing. The Bears also released Jimmy Saddler-McQueen and Vic Hall. Stay tuned to this StoryStream for more details.

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