CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 20: James Anderson #50 of the Carolina Panthers breaks up a reception by Chester Taylor #29 of the Minnesota Vikings at Bank of America Stadium on December 20, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
The Chicago Bears have played the market like a tune, and the music is the sound of money being saved.
According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, the Bears have masterfully worked free agency, grabbing two starters and a nickel back for a total salary cap hit of $2.5 million. Briggs writes:
‘Contract details for linebacker James Anderson, cornerback Kelvin Hayden and right tackle Jonathan Scott confirm that all three players were signed to one-year contracts.
Anderson, who projects to be the starting strong-side linebacker, received a $200,000 signing bonus as part of his $1.25 million deal.
Hayden and Scott both were signed to minimum-salary benefit deals so they count less vs. the salary cap.’