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NIU’s Lynch (listed as RB) 1 of 9 undrafted rookies signed by Bears

The Bears signed former Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch as an undrafted rookie free agent. The Bears listed Lynch as a running back on a news release. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
The Bears signed former Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch as an undrafted rookie free agent. The Bears listed Lynch as a running back on a news release. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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The Bears on Sunday confirmed the signings of nine undrafted rookies, including Northern Illinois quarterback and Heisman finalist Jordan Lynch.

The Bears also signed Louisville defensive tackle Brandon Dunn, Wisconsin guard Ryan Groy, TCU guard James Dunbar, Alabama linebacker Tana Patrick, Florida State linebacker Christian Jones, East Carolina defensive tackle Lee Pegues, Temple offensive tackle Cody Booth and South Florida linebacker Devekeyan Lattimore.

Lynch is listed as a running back on the team’s news release.

After foregoing adding a linebacker during the draft, the Bears signed three, including Jones, widely considered one of the best prospects to go undrafted. NFL.com projected him as a second-to-third-round prospect. He is an athletic, 4-3 outside linebacker who had 56 tackles last year for the national champions.

Groy was a third-to-fourth-round prospect who played in a Wisconsin-record 54 games in his career, starting all 13 games at left guard last season.

General manager Phil Emery couldn’t get into specifics on undrafted players who had yet to sign as of his post-draft news conference Saturday night, but he said there was a lot of talent left from one of the deeper draft classes in recent memory.

“[There] definitely still were a lot of quality players left on the board,” Emery said. “We spent a lot of time between the fourth round – that second fourth-round pick and before the sixth – reworking the board. And then as soon as our second sixth-[round] pick was done – because there were a lot of picks between that one and the seventh – reorganizing ourselves and making sure we were on the right players post draft.”

The Bears are at their maximum roster limit of 90 players. Their eight draft picks and nine undrafted free agents will meet for a rookie mini-camp at Halas Hall beginning Friday.

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