In what was a year to forget for the Chicago Bears’ secondary in 2013, the Bears are looking to turn the page and shore up a unit that is in dire need of a do-over in 2014.
According to a league source, the Bears re-signed nickel cornerback Kelvin Hayden to a one-year deal worth $840,000. Although not the sexiest move, it is a step in the right direction to fix a Bears secondary that was statistically one of the worst in franchise history.
The signing will all but surely add competition to the nickel corner spot that was occupied all last season by Isaiah Frey when Hayden suffered a torn left hamstring Aug. 3 during a practice at Soldier Field.
Frey played in all 16 games a season ago with six starts, produced 62 tackles and tallied two pass breakups, but didn’t register a single interception.
Hayden, who entered the 2013 training camp as the No. 1 nickel corner on the roster before suffering the injury, is a tough veteran who cannot only get the job done in the nickel spot, but also provide leadership to a secondary that Chicago will look to rebuild with youth in the near future.
The Bears’ defense allowed a horrendous 29.9 points per game and 394.6 yards per game in 2013, so this one move doesn’t make everything right in the world with the monsters of the midway, but it does create some sort of stability in the secondary.
The Bears completed their first order of business to get their defense on track to look more like the defense of say 2012, now their next order of business is to sign another important piece of the secondary that had an injury plagued 2013 season—Charles Tillman.