2 Former Boise State Football Players Ink NFL Contracts

Michael LaffertyCorrespondent IIMay 12, 2012

LAKE FOREST, IL - MAY 12:  Defensive end Shea McClellin #99 of the Chicago Bears (L) works out with defensive line coach Mike Phair during rookie minicamp at Halas Hall on May 12, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. McClellin was the Bear's first round draft choice for the 2012 draft.  (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
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According to a report by the Idaho Statesman, former Boise State defensive players Shea McClellin and Billy Winn have signed four-year contracts with the Chicago Bears and Cleveland Browns, respectively.

McClellin, an Idaho native, selected No. 19 in the draft, posted on his Twitter account: "Signed, Sealed, Delivered.... #BearDown." According the Statesman story, McClellin's contract "is worth more than $8.26 million with more than $7.5 million in guaranteed money." 

McClellin is listed as a defensive end for the Bears and coach Lovie Smith, in a story on the homepage of the Bears Friday, said, "That’s all he’ll be playing for us. If you watched practice today, I don’t think you saw him pass-dropping or anything like that. He had his hand down in the dirt, trying to become a better pass-rusher, and that’s what it’s all about. You have to be able to get pressure on the quarterback. We feel like we’ve gotten better with our pass rush by bringing him in.”

"It’s good to get it out of the way,” McClellin said in the Statesman report. "My agents did a great job getting it [done] before camp started. I trusted them to do everything and they did a good job."

Winn, selected in the sixth round, agreed to a four-year deal with Cleveland (originally reported by the Akron Beacon Journal), though details of the contract were not disclosed.

Another former BSU player, tight end Kyle Efaw, is reportedly in camp with the Oakland Raiders. Efaw, at 6'4", 227 pounds, is also an Idaho native. For his career at BSU, Efaw had 103 receptions for 1,269 yards and 13 touchdowns, according to BSU's official site.