The Chicago Bears added talent to both sides of the ball this weekend during the 2012 NFL Draft. Now it's time for new GM Phil Emery to get his first ever draft class under contract. According to a report, the Bears will have over just $4 million to sign their new rookie class.
Bears assigned a rookie pool of $4.189 million. Total value of deals for Shea McClellin and other five picks can't exceed $23.04 million— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) May 1, 2012
Chicago's first two picks will be under the most pressure to produce immediately. The selection of Shea McClellin in the first round was questioned by some due the Boise State product's lack of ideal size to play defensive end, but he's certainly athletic and was a productive pass rusher in college. Second round selection Alshon Jeffrey will be asked to give quarterback Jay Cutler another big red zone target.
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