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2013 NFL Free Agency: Chicago Bears re-sign defensive back Kelvin Hayden

When Phil Emery was hired by the Chicago Bears to replace Jerry Angelo, the new General Manager brought with him a stringent work ethic, and that has shown through during free agency.


Seven days, seven contracts. Second year General manager Phil Emery has been a busy guy recently, and Tuesday was no exception. The Chicago Bears announced that they have re-signed free agent cornerback/ nickelback Kelvin Hayden to a one year contract.

Hayden joins OL Jonathan Scott, LB James Anderson, LB D.J. Williams, S Tom Zbikowski, DL Turk McBride, CB Zack Bowman, DL Nate Collins, TE Martellus Bennett, TE Steve Maneri, and OL Jermon Bushrod as players to get a new contract to play in Chicago for at least the 2013 season.

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Hayden replaced recently-departed nickleback D.J. Moore a few games into the 2012 season, and will undoubtedly continue in that role for 2013. Hayden will also provide depth and support behind Pro Bowl cornerbacks Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings.

While this might not seem like a big signing, Hayden will provide support in a group of defensive backs that were getting pretty thin. And now he'll get another season to make an impression on Phil Emery, as well as new head coach Marc Trestman and defensive coordinator Mel Tucker.

What comes next for Chicago this offseason? Stay tuned...

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