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Kelvin Hayden expected back with Bears

Kelvin Hayden, Larry Fitzgerald AP

The Bears lost one backup cornerback earlier this month when D.J. Moore signed with the Panthers as a free agent, but it doesn’t look like they’ll be losing a second one.

Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Bears are expected to re-sign Kelvin Hayden. Hayden played all 16 games for the Bears in 2012, starting twice and playing a role in sub packages the rest of the time. He had 37 tackles and one interception over the course of the year. Nothing is official on the deal “just yet,” but we haven’t heard of any other team pursuing Hayden thus far in free agency.

Hayden will likely return to the slot corner role with Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings as the starters on the outside. It was a strong group for the Bears in 2012 and should allow them to remain strong on defense again next season. Hayden joined the Bears as a free agent last offseason after one year in Atlanta following his six years as a member of the Colts.

The Bears have also re-signed cornerback Zack Bowman as a free agent and they added LeQuan Lewis, who spent time with the Buccaneers in 2012.

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7 Responses to “Kelvin Hayden expected back with Bears”
  1. ocean10 says: Mar 26, 2013 12:00 PM

    This is the piece that will earn the Bears their first Superbowl win in nearly 20 years.

  2. kabasaman says: Mar 26, 2013 1:39 PM

    Make that “30″ Years…..

  3. larryboodry says: Mar 26, 2013 5:00 PM

    ocean10 says: Mar 26, 2013 12:00 PM

    “This is the piece that will earn the Bears their first Superbowl win in nearly 20 years.”

    Aside from your really poor math skills, you shouldn’t be so quick to scoff…If the Bears do make the SB – certainly a possibility – and Hayden has a game-winning pick-six, won’t you feel foolish?

  4. larryboodry says: Mar 26, 2013 5:13 PM

    If true, good move by the Bears in bringing him back…After signing Bennett and Bushrod on Day 1, they are steadily – if unspectacularly – addressing their needs as those needs arise…My only reservation so far is that DJ Williams has indeed put his off-field issues behind him.

  5. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 26, 2013 5:45 PM

    larryboodry says: Mar 26, 2013 5:00 PM

    “If the Bears do make the SB – certainly a possibility………….”

    I’m reminded of a famous line from another meathead from the movie Dumb and Dumber – “So you’re saying there’s a chance….”

  6. chi01town says: Mar 26, 2013 5:57 PM

    O-line Emery O-line to WIN it all the
    Bears will need to continue to build
    up the O-line. Protecting Cutler is still the 1st thing Emery should be thinking about. Cutler has a running
    game a TE. two big WR’s Now finish the line. GO EMERY GO

  7. larryboodry says: Mar 26, 2013 6:00 PM

    @filthymcnasty1:

    And I’m reminded, every time you post, that not every GB fan is classy, knowledgeable, or objective.

    Just sayin’.

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