Bears expected to re-sign Hayden

It is being reported that the Chicago Bears will re-sign veteran cornerback Kelvin Hayden, who served as the club's nickelback last season.

According to Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Bears are expected to re-sign cornerback Kelvin Haydnen.

Per McClure's Twitter account:

"Kelvin Hayden expected to re_sign with Bears, according to source. Nothing official just yet."

Hayden was signed last offseason to a one-year deal. The eight-year veteran began 2012 as the primary backup to starters Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings, starting two games late in the campaign in place of the injured Jennings.

Midway through the season, Hayden leapfrogged D.J. Moore for Chicago's nickelback role. He ended the year with 37 total tackles and one interception, while breaking up five passes.

A four-year starter for the Indianapolis Colts from 2007-2010, Hayden hit free agency this offseason with the hopes of again securing a starting gig. Amidst a saturated free-agent cornerback market, it appears Hayden, who turns 30 in July, was unable to find a suitor. As a result, he'll likely return to the Bears for the veteran minimum salary - $840,000 for an eight-year veteran - which he did last year as well.

Along with recent free-agent acquisitions Steve Maneri, Turk McBride, D.J. Williams, James Anderson and Jonathan Scott, Hayden is just the next in an increasingly long line of cheap veterans GM Phil Emery is using to round out the roster. This will be his only option going forward, as the Bears have roughly $4 million left in cap space.


Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of BearReport.com and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. Follow Bear Report on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Bear Report Web site or magazine, click here.

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