Oct 20, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins running back Roy Helu (29) carries the ball past Chicago Bears strong safety Craig Steltz (20) and Bears defensive tackle Zach Minter (96) in the third quarter at FedEx Field. The Redskins won 45-41. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Bears Free Agency News: Craig Steltz Re-Signs To 1-Year Deal

Aug 23, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Chicago Bears strong safety Craig Steltz (20) attempts to tackle Oakland Raiders tight end Nick Kasa (88) during the third quarter at O.Co Coliseum. The Chicago Bears defeated the Oakland Raiders 34-26. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bears brought back a familiar face in their defensive secondary on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, the Chicago Bears re-signed safety Craig Steltz to a one-year deal. Steltz was drafted by the Bears in the fourth round of the 2008 draft.

Throughout his six-year career, Steltz never emerged as the starting safety that the Bears may have hoped he turned out to be. In fact, Steltz is not a favorite among Bears fans. Steltz best year with the Bears came in 2011 when the safety recorded 53 tackles to go along with 2 forced fumbles.

With the Bears in 2013, Steltz was a spot starter at the safety position playing whenever an injury occurred. Steltz recorded 23 tackles last season  while appearing in all 16 of the Bears games.

The biggest issue with Steltz is that the Bears were using him out of character. Steltz’s value to the Bears is not as a backup safety. Steltz main contribution to the Bears is a special teams player. Beyond that, the greatest value that Steltz provides to the safety position is depth. As a third safety on a depth chart, Steltz would be more in character. That is the role that Steltz will likely be in for the 2014 season.

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