NIU’s Lynch Signs with Bears as Undrafted Free Agent
The Chicago Bears finalized contracts with nine undrafted college free agents Sunday to fill out their 90-man roster after drafting eight players over the weekend.
OLB Christian Jones, Florida State
DT Brandon Dunn, Louisville
LB Tana Patrick, Alabama
DT Lee Pegues, East Carolina
LB DeDe Lattimore, South Florida
G James Dunbar, Texas Christian
OT Cody Booth, Temple
G Ryan Groy, Wisconsin
Lynch was a Heisman Trophy finalist as a quarterback last season, but Bears’ general manager Phil Emery was impressed by Lynch’s running ability. For more on how Lynch chose the Bears over the Packers, read our full story here.
Dunn has a preexisting relationship with new Bears assistant defensive line coach Clint Hurtt, who was Louisville’s defensive line coach for the last four seasons.
Patrick received a $750 bonus to sign a free-agent contract with the Bears, a person with knowledge of the situation said.
Booth’s high school coach, Todd Mealy tweeted a picture of Booth writing on a stack of papers, one of which appears to picture a Bears helmet at the top. Booth played tight end for three seasons in college before switching to offensive line.
Several other players have been invited on a tryout basis to the Bears’ rookie camp on May 16-18. The Bears did not publicize that list of players.