Dom DeCicco to sign with Bears
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Dom DeCicco's long wait to become a professional football player ended soon after the NFL reopened for business.
DeCicco, who started at safety the past three seasons at Pitt, said Monday night he agreed to join the Chicago Bears as an undrafted rookie outside linebacker. He started a number of games at linebacker for the Panthers during the second half of the 2010 season.
DeCicco will travel to Chicago today to sign a contract and take a physical examination, and he will join his new teammates Friday in training camp.
After he was not selected in the NFL draft in April, DeCicco, who played at Thomas Jefferson, continued to work out with "a chip on my shoulder."
"I knew my time would eventually come," he said, pointing out that waiting for the lockout to end was difficult.
"The only (thing) I can compare it to is when you play a bad game and you want that next week to come so bad so you can prove yourself."
DeCicco, who played on one PIAA champion and two WPIAL title winners at Thomas Jefferson, said he had calls from the Steelers, Bills, Bears and Saints on Monday. He chose the Bears because they brought him to Chicago for a pre-draft visit and he developed a relationship with linebackers coach Bob Babich of Aliquippa and scout Rex Hogan.
"It made the most sense, even though they weren't offering the most money," he said.
Steelers agree with two
The Steelers agreed to terms with two undrafted rookies, Wisconsin running back John Clay and Clemson defensive lineman Miguel Chavis.
Clay, who skipped his senior season, rushed for 3,473 yards and 41 touchdowns. He was the Big Ten offensive player of the year in 2009.
Chavis is coming off a season marred by foot and ankle injuries that limited him to only 16 tackles in seven games.
Penn State agreements
A pair of former Penn State players agreed to terms last night, with tight end Brett Brackett heading to the Miami Dolphins and linebacker Chris Colasanti choosing the Indianapolis Colts.
Last season, Brackett had 39 catches for 525 yard and five touchdowns, while Colasanti had 111 tackles.
Staff writer Scott Brown contributed to this story.
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