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Bears ink first-rounders

July 25, 2003 at 1:22 PM   |   Comments

BOURBONNAIS, Ill., July 25 (UPI) -- The Chicago Bears Friday signed both of their first-round draft picks, defensive end Michael Haynes of Penn State and Florida quarterback Rex Grossman.

Haynes agreed to a six-year deal while Grossman, the fourth quarterback selected overall, signed a five-year contract.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

The Bears have yet to sign cornerback Charles Tillman, their second-round selection. Linebacker Lance Briggs, a third-round pick, and wide receiver Bobby Wade, a fifth-rounder, also are unsigned.

Haynes, the 14th overall pick, led the Big Ten with 15 sacks, and also had 80 tackles, including 23 for losses, and seven forced fumbles last season.

Grossman is not expected to play immediately, but has been designated as the Bears' "quarterback of the future." He starts training camp as third string behind Kordell Stewart, who signed a two-year contract in the offseason, and veteran Chris Chandler.

He threw for 3,402 yards and 22 touchdowns with 17 interceptions last season, and ranks second in school history in completion percentage (61 percent) and touchdowns (77).

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