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Bears agree to deals with 7 rookie free agents

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - The Chicago Bears have agreed to contracts with seven rookie free agents, including quarterback Matt Blanchard of Division III Wisconsin-Whitewater.

The Bears announced the deals on Sunday.

Blanchard grew up in suburban Lake Zurich, Ill., and contributed to three national champions in college. He was 25-0 as a starter, and as a senior, he threw for 2,852 yards, 23 touchdowns and four interceptions. Also agreeing to deals on Sunday were Texas Southern receiver Joe Anderson, Illinois State tight end Brandon Venson, Concordia offensive tackle Tyler Hendrickson, Central Florida guard Nick Pieschel, Boston College punter Ryan Quigley and Connecticut kicker David Teggart.

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