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Chicago Bears sign WR/ return specialist Domenik Hixon to one-year contract

General manager Phil Emery continues to be active in Free Agency, this time adding a return specialist to the roster.

Grant Halverson

When you hear the name Domenik Hixon, you probably think about the game-winning reception from Cam Newton that beat the New Orleans Saints at the end of the 2013 season, giving the NFC South crown to Carolina.

Or maybe you think about his back-to-back torn ACL's in 2010 and 2011.

Either way, the Chicago Bears announced a one-year deal for him on Thursday.

Hixon is primarily a special teams guy/ return specialist, which is the main reason the Chicago Bears signed him to a contract, but those ACL injuries are also probably why the contract was for one-season only.

Hixon was a 4th round pick in 2006 by the Denver Broncos, and after two seasons with them, moved to the New York Giants, where he was a part of two Super Bowl teams. Last year, he was on a one-year deal with Carolina, and decided to test free agency this offseason.

What does this mean for Eric Weems, and maybe even Earl Bennett?  We'll have to wait and see, but Hixon can do all of the things those guys can do, and can do most of them better.

Hixon is also known as one of the good guys in the league... Classy, professional, charitable.  Every summer, he hosts a football camp for under-privileged youth in Columbus, Ohio, which is where he went to school.  He will be a great addition to the locker room, especially with him being a part of two previous Super Bowls.

What do you think about this addition, and what corresponding roster moves do you think will go with this?