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Chicago Bears sign long snapper Thomas Gafford

It's being reported that the Chicago Bears have added a very important piece to the special teams puzzle today, by signing former Kansas City Chiefs long snapper, Thomas Gafford.

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier today, the Chicago Bears were working out long snappers, because as the Tribune's Brad Biggs pointed out, the Bears were the only team in the NFL without one on the roster.

Chicago general manager Ryan Pace has rectified that situation according to Biggs.

EDIT: The Bears officially announced the signing on Wednesday

Since signing with the Chiefs in October of 2008, the 32 year old Gafford has appeared in 105 straight games.

After graduating from the University Of Houston in 2005, it took Gafford a while before the Green Bay Packers signed him in January of 2006. He was a late roster cut that season, but was added nearly a year later by the Seattle Seahawks in 2007. His stint as a Seahawk only lasted 5 months, but the Packers brought him back on 3/5/08 only to cut him again 5 months later.

Which then led him to the Chicago Bears for the first time in August of '08, but Chicago had The Mann long snapping back then, so Gafford was cut 12 days later.

The Chiefs lost their long snapper to an injury during the 2008 season, snagged Gafford up, and he's been long snapping for them ever since.