Bears sign draft picks Ridley, Whyte, Denmark to contracts

Gene Chamberlain

The process of signing draft picks should be shorter for the Bears this year with fewer players to address, and it began on Monday when three of their five picks signed.

Fourth-round draft pick Riley Ridley and seventh-rounders Kerrith Whyte and Stephen Denmark signed their four-year rookie deals.

This leaves only third-round pick David Montgomery and sixth-rounder Duke Shelley yet to be signed.

The Bears traditionally have been one of the first teams to get all their picks signed, but last year the Roquan Smith holdout left them with an unsigned pick until just before the end of preseason.

Terms of the deals were not disclosed but based on salary cap slots had projected Ridley would count $664,999 toward next year's cap, while Whyte would be $520,270 and Denmark $515,162.

Montgomery is projected to be at $755,548 and Shelley at $526,838.