The Bears signed wide receiver Domenik Hixon as a free agent last week, giving them a player with a lot of experience returning punts and kickoffs.
Hixon joins Eric Weems as players who fit that description on the Bears roster. Weems didn’t handle those duties last season as Devin Hester was still on the roster and he reportedly won’t have a chance to handle them in 2014 either unless he takes a pay cut.
Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com reports that the Bears have asked Weems to trim his $1.1 million salary and $1.6 million cap number if he wants to remain with the team. Weems signed a three-year, $4.25 million deal before last season that included a $1.5 million signing bonus that would leave $500,000 of dead money on the Chicago cap if he is released.
Weems was a key part of the team’s coverage units in 2013, making 13 stops on special teams, and caught one pass for eight yards on offense. He made the Pro Bowl in 2010 for his special teams work with the Falcons and returned one punt and one kickoff for touchdowns while with Atlanta.