Dec 22, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver Domenik Hixon (87) reacts after scoring the winning touchdown in the last minute of the fourth quarter. The Panthers defeated the Saint 17-13 at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Bears Free Agency News: Domenik Hixon Signs One-Year Deal

The Chicago Bears appeared to have found their Devin Hester replacement.

On Thursday, the Bears signed free agent wide receiver Domenik Hixon to a one-year deal.

Hixon spent the past season with the Carolina Panthers. With the Panthers in 2013, Hixon recorded 7 receptions for a total of 55 yards and a touchdown. Though, Hixon likely was not signed because of his skills as a wide receiver.

Hixon will likely be a valued member of the Bears special teams unit. Hixon is a productive special teams player and will likely be the Bears punt returner in 2014. Hixon has returned a total of 56 punts in his career for a total of 597 yards and 1 touchdown.

Hixon also has some experience as kickoff returner. While Hixon did not return kickoffs last season with the Panthers, the 29-year old returned 80 kickoffs during his time with the New York Giants. In those 80 kickoffs, Hixon tallied 1,966 yards to go along with 1 touchdown.

Hixon also figures to give the Bears depth at the wide receiver position, with the team having only four receivers on the roster prior to his signing.

With the signing of Hixon, wide receiver Eric Weems may be the next player to be cut by the Bears.

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