A member of the Chicago Bears field team waves a Bears flag as the before the Bears take on the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field on January 23, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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CHICAGO - Former Liberty High School and Northwest Missouri State football star Ryan Jones has agreed to terms with the Chicago Bears, NBC Action News has learned.
Jones, a cornerback, was to board a plane for Chicago at 9 a.m. Terms of the deal, which will not be official until Jones lands in Chicago and signs the contract, were not immediately clear.
Jones, who turns 23 in a few weeks, worked out with Chicago back in March. The Bears were the only NFL team to invite him to a workout.
At Liberty High School, from where he graduated in 2006, Jones was a second-team all-state and first-team all-conference defensive back as well as a first-team all-state, all-district, all-metro and all-conference wide receiver.
Jones played a key role in Northwest Missouri’s run to the 2009 Division II national title, recording an interception, three tackles and a returned blocked extra point for a touchdown in their title game victory over Grand Valley State.
Jones watched April's NFL draft with high anticipation, as he was touted as a potential late-round pick, but he went undrafted and without a football home until the lockout ended Monday.
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