New Bear Hixon in mix to return kicks

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  1. short faced bear

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    By Rich Campbell, Tribune reporter
    Tribune reporter

    7:40 p.m. CDT, March 13, 2014

    The Chicago Bears continued Thursday with their free-agent flurry, agreeing to terms with receiver and special teamer Domenik Hixon on a one-year contract, the team announced.



    He will participate in the upcoming competition to return kicks for the Bears, as the club seeks to replace Devin Hester.



    "We’re certainly going to give him an opportunity to return some kicks in practice and see what it looks like in the preseason," general manager Phil Emery said in a teleconference Thursday.



    Emery added: "We’re bringing him in to compete, to find a spot on the roster. Obviously we like his size. Huge hands, great straight-line speed. He has been a good teams player. He has returned kicks. So it’s up to him to find his spot on the squad, and that opportunity is there."



    Hixon hasn't returned kickoffs since 2009 with the New York Giants, when he averaged 22.6 yards on 57 returns. He last returned punts in 2012, gaining a total of 36 yards on five attempts.



    He had only seven catches for 55 yards in 15 games for the Carolina Panthers last season.



    Eric Weems played a similar role for the Bears in 2013. He's under contract for 2014 with a $1.6 million salary cap number, but $500,000 of that is the prorated portion of he signing bonus he earned when he signed with the Bears in 2012.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sport...etes-to-return-kicks-20140313,0,2846642.story
     
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    I think Weems might be going ba-bye.
     
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