The Chicago Bears continue to take care of housecleaning work leading up to the new league year as the team continues to re-sign some of their looming free agents before free agency opens on March 11.
On Friday, the Bears came to an agreement with veteran cornerback Kelvin Hayden on a one-year deal. The Bears acquired Hayden prior to the 2012 season. Hayden appeared in all 16 games for the Bears in 2012 compiling 37 tackles to go along with 1 interception.
Entering training camp in 2013, Hayden was expected to the be the starting nickleback for the Bears. Hayden, however, tore his hamstring in August and was forced to miss the entire 2013 season.
Hayden’s signing on Friday likely indicates that he will compete with Isaiah Frey at the nickleback position in 2014.
The Bears are looking to get younger on defense and the 30-year old corner likely will be an ideal mentor to any cornerback the team would potentially draft in the upcoming draft. Hayden’s re-signing likely has no impact on the status of Charles Tillman. Tillman remains without a contract and the Bears have been mum about their negotiations with the veteran cornerback.
For his career, Hayden has tallied 359 tackles to go along with 12 interceptions and 46 pass deflects.