The Chicago Bears inked their first-round Draft pick on the opening day of rookie mini-camp Friday. DE Shea McClellin was on hand at Halas Hall to sign his four-year rookie contract prior to the start of practice.
The deal includes a fifth-year option, as per the NFL/NFLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement, and is worth a reported $8.2 million, with $7.5 million guaranteed. NFL reporter Adam Caplan first reported the contract details.
The Bears selected McClellin with the 19th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft out of Boise State University. The 6' 3", 260 pounder started 37 of 49 games played for the Broncos (2008-11), registering 130 tackles (64 solo), 20.5 sacks, 33.0 TFLs and four INTs, earning second team All-America and first team all-Mountain West honors as a senior.
McClellin is the fifth Bears selection from the Bears 2012 NFL Draft to sign with the team, joining WR Alshon Jeffery (2nd round, 45th overall), TE Evan Rodriguez (4th round, 111th overall), CB Isaiah Frey (6th round, 184th overall) and KR/CB Greg McCoy (7th round, 220th overall).
As is to dispel any idea that McClellin would be wearing multiple hats for the Bears defense this season, head coach Lovie Smith said this after practice: "I don't think you saw him pass dropping or anything like that. He had his hand down in the dirt."
You can read our initial analysis on the McClellin pick here.