The 25-year-old Hayes will work again with Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley. When Hayes broke into the NFL in 2008 with Tampa Bay, Bradley was the Buccaneers’ linebackers coach.
Hayes (6-1, 226) started three games at strong-side linebacker late in the 2012 campaign for Chicago. Overall, he recorded 16 defensive tackles and five special-teams stops in 15 games with the Bears.
In five NFL seasons, Hayes has racked up 273 tackles on defense along with 17 passes defensed, four forced fumbles and four interceptions. He played with the Bucs from 2008 through 2011 before the one-season stint in Chicago.