Nathan Enderle #10 of the University of Idaho Vandals looks to hand off the ball in the first half against the USC Trojans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum September 1, 2007 in Los Angeles, California.
Wednesday was another crazy day at Halas Hall, with Jerry Angelo and his team working to fit months worth of free agency into four days. At this point, the Bears are allowed to sign draft picks and negotiate with free agents, but their contracts cannot be signed until Friday at 5 p.m. Verbal agreements are happening all over the league, so we shouldn't have to wait until Friday to find out how the Bears handled free agency.
So far, here's what has happened:
-- The Bears have reportedly locked up three of their draft picks. Quarterback Nathan Enderle and linebacker J.T. Thomas were both signed to four-year deals. Safety Chris Conte is also close to a deal. That just leaves first-rounder Gabe Carimi and second-rounder Stephen Paea left to sign.
-- After those 19 undrafted free agents that we mentioned, the Bears signed seven more players. That includes Ohio State Dane Sanzenbacher, who was being courted by several other NFL teams, but chose the Bears because he wanted to play under Mike Martz's system. As an undrafted player, he'll still have to impress to make the roster.
-- Brad Smith, a wide receiver with the New York Jets and a quarterback from the University of Missouri, is reportedly on the Bears radar. His addition to the Bears roster makes so much sense that it embarrasses me that I hadn't previously considered it. His speed would be an asset to the Mike Martz offense that relies on it. As a standout kick returner, he could give Devin Hester a rest in the same manner that Danieal Manning did. Finally, with the way the Bears go through quarterbacks -- remember the NFC championship game? -- it couldn't hurt to have someone else who knows how to take a snap on the team.
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