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.