Chicago Bears vice president of football administration and general counsel Cliff Stein is at it again.
In recent years, the Bears have been the first team to sign their first draft pick, and they’ve done so again.
The Bears announced Wednesday that they agreed to terms with second-round pick WR Alshon Jeffrey. The team selected Jeffery with the 45th overall pick in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of the University of South Carolina.
Last year’s 45th pick overall, S Rahim Moore (by the Denver Broncos), signed a four-year, $4.45 million deal. The contract included the first two years of injury only guarantees, plus a $1.735 signing bonus.
Jeffery, who did not work out during the NFL Scouting Combine earlier this year, started 33 of 40 games in three seasons (2009-11) at wide receiver for the Gamecocks, setting a school record with 3,042 receiving yards on 183 receptions (16.6 ypc) with 23 touchdowns.
Jeffery tied Sidney Rice for South Carolina’s career touchdown reception record and his 183 catches are topped only by Kenny McKinley’s 207. Jeffery also gathered a school-record 12 100-yard receiving performances during his collegiate career.
In 2010, Jeffery established school single-season records with 88 receptions for 1,517 yards. His 763 yards receiving in 2009 and 762 in 2011 rank tenth and eleventh, respectively, on the season-record chart.
Jeffery’s addition to the roster will give the Bears badly needed depth at wide receiver, but the team still needs to add speed at the position opposite veteran Brandon Marshall.