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The Chicago Bears added some linebacker depth on Thursday. The Bears agreed to a one-year contract with former Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Geno Hayes. Hayes, a Florida State University product, was not retained by the Buccaneers after a poor performance in the 2011 season, eventually being benched towards the end of the Buccaneers dismal 2011 season. Hayes was signed to provide depth for the Chicago linebacking corps and could wind up competing for a starting job on the outside with Nick Roach.
Hayes was drafted by the Buccaneers and he was thought at the time to be the future replacement for future Hall of Fame LB Derrick Brooks. Throughout his career, Hayes made some splash plays but was unable to play on a consistent basis, failing to live up to the expectations which surrounded him.
Hayes, 24, played four seasons with the Buccaneers and appeared in 47 games in the last three seasons, making 42 starts. He recorded 257 tackles, seven sacks, four forced fumbles and scored a touchdown d...
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The Chicago Bears agreed to terms on a contract with free-agent linebacker Geno Hayes on Thursday.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Hayes collected 64 tackles and one interception in 16 games last season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The 24-year-old Hayes has recorded 257 tackles, seven sacks and four interceptions in four NFL seasons.
The Bears today announced the signing of weak-side linebacker Geno Hayes formerly of the Tampa Bay Bucs. Hayes a four year veteran of the NFL has racked up a pretty decent resume in his time in Tampa and could wind up competing with Nick Roach for the starting strong side linebacker spot.
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The Bears added veteran linebacker Geno Hayes on Thursday.
Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune first reported the signing.
Hayes came into the league in 2008 with the Bucs as a sixth-round pick out of Florida State.
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