As expected, Hayden re-joins the Bears

Reuters

Some Bears veterans didn’t want to sign one-year contracts for modest salaries.  Some did.

Kelvin Hayden did.

As expected, the Bears have announced that Hayden has agreed to terms on a one-year deal.  A second-round pick of the Colts in 2005, Hayden joined the Bears last season, appearing in all 16 games with two starts.

Hayden had 40 tackles, one interception, and three deflected passes in 2012.  He also tied for the NFL lead with four fumble recoveries.

16 responses to “As expected, Hayden re-joins the Bears

  1. Perhaps a few Bears’ fans with knowledge can chime-in and tell us if this is a good re-signing?

    From the 4-6 Bears games I’ve seen him play, he seems average and, at times, over matched (and beaten) by the best receivers, including GB’s.

  2. im surprised he is still in the league, after he left my colts, i figured he would last a few years, expecially after that neck injury

  3. I’m pretty in-tune with the NFL, and I had no idea Hayden even played for the Bears last year. Did I miss something, or did he just have basically no impact at all?

  4. polarbear71 says: Mar 26, 2013 8:32 PM

    “With all these one year deals the Bears are going to be in trouble next year.”

    How so? If they pan out, you can re-sign them long-term…If they don’t, you find guys who are better.

    Where the Bears need to be careful is with their core veteran guys who will be UFAs a year from now.

  5. @polarbear71, I don’t see the Bears being in trouble with all these 1-year deals, I sense a massive housecleaning coming — even if this proves to be a Super Bowl team (crazy talk).

    The Bears could enter the 2014 season with more cap room than the Browns $46 million. Peppers is definitely history and Cutler could be as well. No one will be able to find a player remotely linked to Jerry Angelo & Lovie Smith on the 2014 Bear roster.

  6. @paloduro00…..I’d say that’s a little extreme. Emery just extended Forte and is hoping to extend Melton. He’s signing all these guys to 1 yr contracts because they havent earned long term contracts and they happen to fill short term needs. As you stated, the Bears will have a ton of cap room next year to extend those who earn it or find players elsewhere. I don’t think Emery cares one bit if someone was brought in by Angelo or not. As for those who commented and didnt even know Hayden played for the Bears last year, why are you even commenting then? Your opinion is an uneducated one. Try watching a game! Go Bears!

  7. ..and that isnt to say Hayden was great, more like just avg but with Peanut and TJ on the outsides of course QBs are going to pick on the nickel CB. At any rate, given our cap space or lack there of Hayden was probably the best we could hope for making it a positive signing. Cant have a pro bowler at every spot.

  8. paloduro00 says: Mar 26, 2013 9:16 PM

    “@polarbear71, I don’t see the Bears being in trouble with all these 1-year deals, I sense a massive housecleaning coming — even if this proves to be a Super Bowl team (crazy talk).

    The Bears could enter the 2014 season with more cap room than the Browns $46 million. Peppers is definitely history and Cutler could be as well. No one will be able to find a player remotely linked to Jerry Angelo & Lovie Smith on the 2014 Bear roster.”

    I agree, although a SB run maybe keeps Jay around, even if they franchise him…So on offense, I figure Cutler, Marshall, Jeffery, Bush, Bushrod, and M. Bennett survive the bloodletting, while the ‘D’ gets blown up except for Melton and maybe Jennings…Too many other guys either coming out of contract, or with big cap hits due…or just too old.

    I can see why the Bears are pushing to make a run this year…2014 may see a lot of 35-30 scores.

  9. Hayden is a good nickle back on the rise. and Chicago was smart to hold on to him. Emery is making ALL the right moves but what he really needs is cap room. Dont forget the O-line. Go Emery Go

  10. Hayden was decent as a nickel, but the one time he started (Green Bay) he got roasted on the outside. One year deals are good stupid heads- if it doesn’t work, then you won’t pay him in year two. Less guaranteed money is a good thing. Something like 38 Bear players will be free agents next year. Emery has a ton of flexibility no matter what happens in ’13.

  11. I like Kelvin Hayden, but I like Israel idonije better! I think that there should have made a bigger push for Udall seriously. Hayden ends up being more of a consolation prize.

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