Bears add CB Kelvin Hayden

The Bears kicked the tires on cornerback Kelvin Hayden, a Chicago native, last summer before he wound up signing with the Atlanta Falcons.

This time, more than three weeks into free agency, the Bears landed the veteran. Hayden agreed to terms on a one-year contract and will add depth in a secondary that had three players at the position entering free agency last month. The Bears re-signed Tim Jennings, who started 15 games last season, but lost Zack Bowman and special teams ace Corey Graham, also a cornerback.

So, Hayden provides experience and he’s familiar with the Tampa Two scheme from his days in Indianapolis. As a member of the Colts, he intercepted Bears quarterback Rex Grossman in Super Bowl XLI.

Hayden, who played in college at Illinois, had also visited the New Orleans Saints this offseason.

The Bears could remain in the market for some budget buys in free agency. They’re looking for help on the offensive and defensive lines.

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