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Bears agree to terms with draft picks Kevin White, Eddie Goldman

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Bears agree to terms with draft picks Kevin White, Eddie Goldman

The Bears aren't wasting any time locking up their 2015 NFL Draft Class.

The Bears announced on Wednesday they have agreed to terms with wide receiver Kevin White on a four-year contract with a fifth-year option and defensive lineman Eddie Goldman on a four-year contact. On Tuesday evening the Bears signed all three of their Day 3 draft selections: Michigan State running back Jeremy Langford, Penn State safety Adrian Amos and TCU offensive tackle Tayo Fabuluje.

White, the No. 7 selection in the 2015 NFL Draft, appeared in 24 games in two seasons at West Virginia. He registered 144 receptions for 1,954 yards and 15 touchdowns during that time. In 2014 he was one of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award (nation's best receiver) and was a Maxwell Award semifinalist (College Player of the Year). White garnered first-team All-American honors by the American Football Coaches Association, Sporting News and CBS Sports.

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Goldman, the 39th overall selection in the draft, appeared in 37 games over three seasons at Florida State. He recorded 62 tackles, six sacks and 12 tackles for a loss during his collegiate career. Goldman was a starter on Florida State's 2013 national championship team that had the NCAA's No. 1 ranked scoring defense (12.1 points per game).

The only unsigned member of this year's Bears' draft class is Oregon center Hroniss Grasu.

The Bears' three-day rookie minicamp begins Friday morning at Halas Hall. 

 

John Fox says Bears had worst offseason in the NFL

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John Fox says Bears had worst offseason in the NFL

John Fox is now more than a year removed from his tenure with the Chicago Bears, but he still has some strong opinions about the team.

Fox, now an NFL analyst for ESPN, fired a shot at the Bears during a segment of NFL Live on Monday. Fox was among a panel asked which team had the worst offseason in the NFL. Fox chose his former employer.

"I think when you're going to play defense, you're going to lean on your takeaways to help a young offense and you don't have a kicker, a reliable kicker that you're going to need those points from after some of those turnovers," Fox said. "I think the kicking question is really big right now in Chicago and I think that might be a problem going into the season."

That is sure to earn some eyerolls from skeptical Bears fans who weren't happy with Fox's 14-34 record with the Bears.

Fox wasn't the only one to pick the Bears. Damien Woody, who won two Super Bowls with the Patriots as part of his 12-year career, actually picked the Bears before Fox.

"I think losing Vic Fangio... is huge," Woody said. "That Chicago Bears defense, it literally fueled their offense. It's the identity of the Bears and when you lose a talented defensive coordinator like that, I think there's going to be some slippage there."

 

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Why 'Turbo' Taylor Gabriel fell in love with the slow-paced game of golf

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Why 'Turbo' Taylor Gabriel fell in love with the slow-paced game of golf

Plenty of NFL players will use the league’s mandated five-week summer break to play a little golf as a way to relax and recharge for the grind of training camp and regular season. But you won’t find many players who take golf more seriously than Bears wide receiver Taylor Gabriel. 

Which is a little ironic on the surface, right? Gabriel’s nickname is “Turbo,” after all. 

“Yeah, that’s very weird when I think about it,” Gabriel laughed. “It’s not a sport to where you’re running and jumping, and I wouldn’t say not doing anything really athletic — it’s more mental than anything. 

“But I feel like it kind of helps me football-wise in the sense of kind of focus. Like dialing in on that swing, keeping that same swing rhythm pattern, not getting too frustrated after I just sliced a drive or go O.B. on the driver. So it’s helping me.”

Gabriel had played sporadically earlier in his life, and said his father golfs, but didn’t get hooked by the sport until last April while watching Tiger Woods win the Masters. He bought his first set of nice clubs after that remarkable weekend in Augusta and frequently posts videos of his swing to his Instagram account.  

So it’s become a serious hobby of his — “There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t practice,” he said. It’s also something he and his wife do together. 

Though he admitted his wife is a better golfer than he is. 

“She’s not trying to crush the ball, she’s not trying to do too much, but she keeps that consistent same rhythm, same swing, same follow-through every time,” Gabriel said. “Me, I might see the hole is probably 180 (yards) out, I mean, I just want to crush it on the green. And that’s when everything goes wrong.”

Still, for someone who’s only been seriously golfing for about two months, that Gabriel said he can consistently hit his drives 240 yards is rather impressive (being an exceptional athlete, certainly, has to help). But this isn’t some casual love affair with golf — it’s a legitimate way for Gabriel to take his mind off football while staying sharp mentally and doing something he’s quickly grown to genuinely enjoy doing. 

“It’s relaxing, just playing 18 holes — I’m a walker, I like walking,” Gabriel said. “Eighteen holes kind of figuring out your swing, what you did wrong, you know what I mean, just being on the golf course, relaxing, the atmosphere. But at the end of the day I’ve been doing pretty good. I’ve been hitting them pretty straight, I’ve been putting them pretty good, so I guess I’m catching on quick. 

“But every time I ask a golfer, I mean, how long did it take for you guys to get a consistent swing, they say 20 years. I mean, I got that to look forward to.”