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Bears reach deal with Panthers WR Domenik Hixon

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The Bears, who have added four defensive free agents in the first three days of free agency, have now reached an agreement with one on offense.

The club announced Thursday it had stuck a one-year deal with Panthers wideout Domenik Hixon. Hixon, 29, caught seven passes for 55 yards and a TD in 15 games for Carolina in 2013, and he’ll likely provide receiving depth in Chicago.

Hixon joins defensive ends Lamarr Houston (Raiders) and Willie Young (Lions) and safeties Ryan Mundy (Giants) and M.D. Jennings (Packers) as new Bears additions.

The departure of Hixon (6-2, 205) further thins the Panthers’ depth chart at wide receiver. The club released long-time lead wideout Steve Smith on Thursday. Another starting receiver, Brandon LaFell, is an unrestricted free agent. In short, the Panthers could be facing a major overhaul at the position.

That’s not the case in Chicago, where Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery give the Bears a top-caliber wideout tandem.

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12 Responses to “Bears reach deal with Panthers WR Domenik Hixon”
  1. flannlv says: Mar 13, 2014 12:54 PM

    Cam is great athlete, but he can’t throw the ball to himself.

  2. thedano says: Mar 13, 2014 12:55 PM

    Special teams signing who won’t play WR unless injuries pile up.

  3. larryboodry says: Mar 13, 2014 1:06 PM

    His 2013 stat line is like an average half for Marshall or Jeffery, but it can’t hurt to add depth at the position.

  4. gridassassin says: Mar 13, 2014 1:10 PM

    But if duty calls, he’s better than Eric flippin Weems at $1.6M this year.

    They’re going to force Earl Bennett to restructure his deal (paid like a top 32 of the league WR) – and if he doesn’t they’ll whack Weems.

    In Emery I trust.

  5. docsweeney says: Mar 13, 2014 1:12 PM

    This is a special teamer signing. So, what’s that mean for Weems or Earl Bennett? One is gone for sure.

  6. thevza says: Mar 13, 2014 1:14 PM

    I imagine the locker room staff is busy as we speak scraping off the H-E-S-T-E-R name plate and replacing it with a “Hixon” piece of masking tape.

  7. bradleymorgan35 says: Mar 13, 2014 1:16 PM

    He didn’t play much, so this is a good sign.

  8. schmitty2 says: Mar 13, 2014 1:30 PM

    At this rate Deangelo Williams is going to lead the Panthers in receiving yards next season.

  9. wnstonchill says: Mar 13, 2014 1:42 PM

    I hope the Bears see what they have in 2nd year WR Marquess Wilson! This guy needs to see the field more this year. The Bears have no speed wideout to keep the opposing secondary honest and Wilson is a guy who can fill that need. This move, acquiring Hixon is a real head scratcher, to be honest!

  10. majahpayne8950 says: Mar 13, 2014 2:11 PM

    He’s either gonna be a return guy or the gunner. Wilson is #3 wr and weems is all but gone.

  11. thedano says: Mar 13, 2014 2:13 PM

    ever heard of special teams….?

    think about it while you are scratching your head.

  12. jgedgar70 says: Mar 13, 2014 3:09 PM

    He was mostly special teams with the Panthers. Most of us had forgotten he was still on the team until Smith got hurt in the second Saints game, and then he catches the game-winning TD. He’s a good team guy and should help the Bears on special teams.

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