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|Bears Sign Paea, Conte
|CHICAGO (AP)--The Chicago Bears have locked in two more draft picks, agreeing to four-year deals with defensive tackle Stephen Paea and safety Chris Conte.
A second-round pick out of Oregon State, Paea was the 2010 Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year. He had 129 tackles (60 solo) and 14 sacks while setting a school record with nine forced fumbles.
Conte, a third-rounder from California, finished with 157 tackles (100 solo), two interceptions and 11 pass breakups for the Golden Bears. He was first-team, all Pac-10 as a senior.
The Bears, who announced the moves on Friday, now have one pick left to sign first-rounder Gabe Carimi. They had already reached agreements with fifth-round pick Nathan Enderle and sixth-rounder J.T. Thomas.
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