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
Chicago also has added Pro Bowl left tackle Jermon Bushrod from
New Orleans and guard Matt Slauson from the New York Jets this
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
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
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