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Roster Move: Bears sign rookie DE Austin Booker


The Bears on Thursday signed rookie fifth-round choice Austin Booker, a defensive end from Kansas, to a four-year contract.

The Bears acquired the No. 144 pick they spent on Booker from the Bills in exchange for a 2025 fourth-round selection.

The 6-6, 245-pounder appeared in 18 college games, six at Minnesota in 2022 and 12 at Kansas last season. After playing sparingly for the Golden Gophers, he registered 56 tackles, 8.0 sacks and 12.0 tackles-for-loss for the Jayhawks in 2023, earning First Team All-Big 12 honors.

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Booker is the third of the Bears' five draft picks to sign a deal, joining third-round offensive tackle Kiran Amegadjie and fourth-round punter Tory Taylor. The two remaining unsigned picks are first-round quarterback Caleb Williams and first-round receiver Rome Odunze.

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