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Chicago Bears sign defensive back Derrick Martin, release Cyhl Quarles

The Chicago Bears added some defensive back insurance today when they picked up two time Super Bowl champ, Derrick Martin.

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After losing corner/nickle back Kelvin Hayden to a season ending injury, we speculated that the Chicago Bears would look at pick up a potential veteran replacement. Earlier today they did so by adding 8 year veteran Derrick Martin.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Martin was a 6th rd pick of <a href=";src=hash">#Ravens</a> in 2006. Has played for them, Packers, Giants and Patriots. Gives team vet to consider for nickel.</p>&mdash; Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) <a href="">August 11, 2013</a></blockquote>
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Martin is billed as a safety, but he has played nickle, and he has special teams experience as well. The 5' 10" 180 pound Martin only played in five games last season for the Patriots, but in 2011 he appeared in 14 games for the Giants. In seven years he's played in 66 games with 4 starts.

To make room for Martin, the Bears waived safety Cyhl Quarles.

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