Bears, Kyle Long agree to deal

The Chicago Bears and first-round draft pick Kyle Long agreed to

a four-year contract Friday.

The deal includes a fifth-year option. It also puts all the

Bears’ picks under contract.

A 6-foot-6, 313-pound guard from Oregon, Long was taken with the

20th pick as the Bears try to beef up a line that ranked among the

worst in recent years and give Jay Cutler the protection he

needs.

Chicago also has added Pro Bowl left tackle Jermon Bushrod from

New Orleans and guard Matt Slauson from the New York Jets this

offseason.

Long is the son of former Raiders star Howie Long and brother of

St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long.

Kyle Long reached the NFL even though his college experience was

limited.

A strong-armed pitcher at St. Anne’s-Belfield high school in

Ivy, Va., he was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 23rd round

in 2008 but wound up going to Florida State on a baseball

scholarship. Academic issues forced him to leave FSU, and he also

wound up spending a night in jail because of a DUI in January

2009.

Long returned home and enrolled at Saddleback Community College

in Mission Viejo, Calif., in 2010 and wound up making the switch

from pitcher to defensive end. He moved to the offensive line the

following year with the Gauchos, and emerged as a key piece in Chip

Kelly’s breakneck offense in his lone season with Oregon in 2012

even though he appeared in only 11 games.

Long’s draft stock rocketed after an impressive week at the

Senior Bowl.