Kelvin Hayden agrees to terms with Bears
Kelvin Hayden joins right tackle Jonathan Scott, safety Tom Zbikowski, tight ends Steve Maneri, defensive end Turk McBride and Martellus Bennett, linebackers D.J. Williams and James Anderson, cornerback Zack Bowman, Defensive linesman Nate Collins as well as offensive lineman Jermon Bushrod as the players who’ve gotten a new deal with the Chicago Bears at least through 2013.
This is the second consecutive season Kelvin Hayden has signed on a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears. Last season Kelvin Hayden made $825,000 while appearing in all 16 games, with two starts for the Chicago Bears.
The move was expected of the Chicago Bears, after the team expressed earlier on their desire of bringing back Kelvin Hayden in 2013. The Chicago native Kelvin Hayden wanted to test the free agency to find a team with open completion at the starting spot. However, due to the flood of younger cornerbacks in the market, following cuts by teams across the league, Kelvin Hayden chose his familiarity with the Chicago Bears organization and their offense.
Kelvin Hayden returns in Chicago to replace D.J. Moore at nickelback after he landed with the Carolina Panthers during free agency. The Chicago Bears reportedly pursued Captain Munnerlyn to add an experienced nickel cornerback to the roster this offseason, but he opted to stay with the Carolina Panthers.
Starting his tenure with the Chicago Bears as backup to Pro Bowl starting cornerbacks Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings, Kelvin Hayden worked his way to starting two games while Jennings was sidelined by injury last season. Kelvin Hayden finished the 2012 season with 4 tackles, one interception and three pass breakups, while also tying the NFL lead with four fumble recoveries. Kelvin Hayden was also credited with three special teams stops last season.
The nine-year pro Kelvin Hayden and recently re-signed Zack Bowman are the only experienced cornerbacks behind Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings. But the Chicago Bears could still add a cornerback in next month’s draft.
Before joining the Chicago Bears, Kelvin Hayden spent one season with the Atlanta Falcons, playing just eight games with one start. Originally selected out of Illinois in the second round of the 2005 NFL draft, Kelvin Hayden also 46 regular-season games, and five playoff contests during a six-year stretch for the Indianapolis Colts.
The 6-foot, 195-pound Kelvin Hayden has 345 tackles, 12 interceptions, three return touchdowns and 44 passes defensed in 101 combined games during his NFL career.