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Bears sign S Tommy Zbikowski to one-year contract

3/24/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsFree agent safety Tommy Zbikowski is heading home to play football for the Chicago Bears. The Buffalo Grove native agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears on Saturday.
 
The 27-year-old Tommy Zbikowski was released in a salary cap move by the Indianapolis Colts last week. The move saved the Indianapolis Colts over $1 million versus the salary cap. Tommy Zbikowski spent just one season with the Indianapolis Colts after signing a three-year, $5.5 million contract in 2012.
 
In his first season as a full-time starter, Tommy Zbikowski posted career highs with 38 tackles and five passes defensed while appearing in 11 games last season. However, he was sidelined for the last five games of the season with a knee injury.
 
Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano was still optimistic about Tommy Zbikowski’s chances elsewhere in the league.
 
“There is gas left in the tank. I know Tommy’s mindset. I know what a competitor he is. All he needs is an opportunity,” said Chuck Pagano last week. “I know somebody will give him one and he’ll make the best of it.”
 
A third-round pick out of Notre Dame in the 2008 draft, Tommy Zbikowski initially spent four seasons with the Baltimore Ravens before following his former defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano to Indianapolis last year.
 
The five-year veteran, Tommy Zbikowski has started in 25 of 64 games throughout his career, while also making eight postseason appearances.
 
During that stretch, Tommy Zbikowski amassed 89 tackles, three interceptions, eight pass break-ups and two sacks.
 
The Chicago Bears already have Major Wright and Chris Conte as their starting safeties. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound is expected to compete against Major Wright for playing time at strong safety in the Chicago Bears’ secondary and will likely serve as a special teams gunner as well.
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