Heban gets mini-camp invite from Bears

Indiana safety Greg Heban did not sign an undrafted free agent contract, but he has received an invite from the Chicago Bears to participate in this week’s rookie mini-camp with the opportunity to earn a contract.

“I think it’s awesome,” said Heban, a former walk-on who played baseball in his first year at IU but became the Hoosiers’ defensive captain. “Coming to IU, I didn’t even know I was going to play college football. This is going to come quick, but I’m going to give it my all. This is what I’ve been training for, so I’m ready for whatever they’re going to throw at me.”

Heban said he had an opportunity immediately after the draft to sign a free agent contract with the Kansas City Chiefs, but he wanted to wait to see if he would also receive an offer from either the Indianapolis Colts or the Jacksonville Jaguars, both of which had shown interest leading up to the draft. Neither did, and in the approximately five minutes he spent mulling the offer, the Chiefs signed another free agent safety and pulled the offer.

“That kind of hurt me a little bit, just trying to see what other offers there were,” Heban said. “Looking back I kind of wish I knew that the Chiefs were going to be the only offer.”

Still, Heban said the Bears are a good fit because they didn’t add much to the secondary in the draft or in free agency. Their mini-camp runs from Thursday to Sunday this week.