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Bears ink Bullard to four-year deal

The Bears on Monday signed third-round draft pick Jonathan Bullard, a defensive lineman from Florida, to a four-year contract.

All nine of the team's draft picks are now under contract.


The Bears signed third-round draft pick Jonathan Bullard to a four-year contract on Monday.

Bullard appeared in 50 games with 36 starts over four seasons for the Gators, registering 178 tackles, 33.5 tackles-for-loss and 12 sacks.

The 6-3, 285-pounder started his career at Florida at end, moved to tackle late in his sophomore season, and opened his junior year back at end before switching to tackle late in the season.

As a senior, Bullard played two games at end and 12 at tackle, setting career highs with 66 tackles, 17.5 tackles-for-loss and 6.5 sacks. The 17.5 tackles-for-loss were the most by a Florida player since former Bears defensive end Alex Brown had 18 in 1999.

Asked after the draft what he likes about Bullard as a pass rusher, general manager Ryan Pace said: "It's his length and it's his get-off and it's his hand-use. He needs to work on his pad level a little bit when he's rushing the passer, and that can be coached. But some things that can't be coached are just the twitch and quickness he plays with, which will help him as a pass rusher. His get-off is excellent. There are a lot of advantages just from that alone."

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