Bears add Jonathan Wilhite to cornerback mix

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Playing Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford four times a year means you need a lot of guys in pass coverage and the Bears are doing their best to get them.

As we told you on Thursday, the Bears signed free agent cornerback Kelvin Hayden to a one-year contract. They weren’t done, though, and the team announced they have also agreed to terms with Jonathan Wilhite.

Wilhite spent the 2011 season with the Broncos, although he played more on special teams than in the secondary over the second half of the season. He played 15 games overall, starting twice, and had 28 tackles and an interception. Wilhite entered the league as a fourth round pick of the Patriots in 2008 and played 39 games for them over three years before being waived at the end of training camp in 2011.

Wilhite and Hayden will likely fight for time in sub packages for the Bears, who also have Charles Tillman, Tim Jennings and D.J. Moore at corner. They replace Corey Graham and Zack Bowman, who left for Baltimore and Minnesota, respectively, as free agents.

8 responses to “Bears add Jonathan Wilhite to cornerback mix

  1. Not exactly a lot of household names there; but they are making the effort. Chicago’s a team under the radar; if they improve their o-line, then they’re a threat.

  2. When Wilhite left the Pats he had actually developed into a decent nickel corner. Put him on the outside on the other team’s #1 or #2 wideout and you’re doomed though.

  3. “mialto says: Apr 6, 2012 10:53 AM

    nice to see some bigger corners added to the depth chart…smells like Emery’s work…good job!”

    Bigger corners? Wilhite is like 5’2″

  4. *** andyreiddoublecheeseburger ***

    I’ll have to agree with you on this one.. Both Hayden & Wilhite are Solid special teamers who have been minor role players defensively at every stop, with each team they’ve been on. Hopefully both of these guys will compete for a defensive spot and end up pushing D.J. Moore to be a more complete defender and take over that #3 CB spot on the depth chart!!

    Having a plug & play corner come from this years draft would be awfully nice but I’m just soo enticed by Alabama Safety Mark Barron and really feel like he may be a 10+ year star in this league! I’m betting he’ll be there at 19 so if it’s between Gilmore, Kirkpatrick or Barron… Hopefully that will prove to be a “can’t loose” decision!!

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