The Chicago Bears are finalizing a four-year deal for second-round pick Jaquan Brisker, allowing the safety to report to Halas Hall on Tuesday when the team convenes for training camp.
Rookies and quarterbacks began reporting to camp in Lake Forest over the weekend. But Brisker was Not between early arrivals As he waited for his rookie contract to expire. (He was the last of the team’s 11 draft picks without a signed contract.)
However, the Brisker camp and the Bears front office agreed to a deal Monday afternoon, according to a league source.
With the Bears’ first full-team practice of camp at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Brisker will be able to return to the field and continue his progression without a loss in new coach Matt Eberfels’ system. Drafted No. 48 overall in April, Bresker is likely to start Week 1 on the back end of the defense.
Late last week, there was concern that Bresker could sit out training camp without a proper contract agreement in place. But the Bears were able to overcome that scenario and will welcome a promising safety to the team’s facilities on Tuesday.
That should be a sigh of relief for new general manager Ryan Polis. But Poles will now also have to deal with surrounding tensions. Standout linebacker Roquan Smith’s contract status. A two-time second-team All-Pro, Smith is entering the final year of his rookie contract and is seeking a massive extension beyond 2022.
According to a report from NFL Network on Monday afternoon, Smith’s displeasure with the progress of extension talks could prevent him from participating in practices as training camp continues this week.