The Chicago Bears moved relatively quickly in signing their 2021 NFL Draft picks.
A chunk of them signed in one fell swoop, when five put their names on the dotted line in early June. Not too long after that, quarterback Justin Fields made his deal officially official.
Now, finally, Teven Jenkins joins the party:
#Bears future LT and second round pick from Oklahoma State Teven Jenkins has agreed to terms and is expected to sign today, source said. That means Chicago has competed its draft class.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 16, 2021
It’s not officially official just yet, but NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reports Jenkins and the Bears have an agreement on a contract that will be signed today. Once the pen goes to paper and the ink dries, Chicago will have all of its draft picks in the fold for the 2021 season — and beyond!
UPDATE — It’s officially official:
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) June 16, 2021
*Shoots off celebratory cannon*
Because if inking the quarterback of the future is a big deal, making sure his future protection is ready to roll is just as important. The Bears made a trade up in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft to take Jenkins, a player on whom they had a first-round grade (and someone I thought would go in Round 1). Jenkins, a right tackle by trade after a productive run at Oklahoma State, is sliding over to replace Charles Leno Jr. at left tackle.