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Bears sign LB Geno Hayes

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The Bears announced a one-year contract with veteran linebacker Geno Hayes, who played the last four seasons for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Bears also released receiver Max Komar.

A sixth-round pick, Hayes started 42 of 56 games at outside linebacker for the Bucs. He's 6 foot 1, 226 pounds, and he's a versatile player who also has been a contributor on special teams.

According to STATS, Hayes has a knack for stuffs, tackles of rushers for negative yards. He has 29.5 of those since entering the league in 2008, the second-most of any defensive player.

Hayes provides much needed veteran depth, given the number of young linebackers currently on the roster.

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Geno Hayes will add nice depth and probably push Nick Roach for a starting job at the strongside position. Hayes will be a nice #2 behind Briggs at the weakside linebacker position also, Hayes played weakside linebacker for the Bucs. This seems like a 1 year lets see what you got type deal. If Hayes can come in and push Roach for a starting nod, and take the position over, he'll get a long term deal next year. I figured last years 6th rounder JT Thomas, the rookie linebacker from W. Virgina would push Roach, but with his off the field problems, its hard to tell if he's even in the Bears plans moving forward, the Hayes signing doesn't look good for Thomas either. Should be interesting GO BEARS!!

Was pretty decent until the end of the 2010 season when he began to struggle. Last year was a horrible year for him and most of the Bucs LB's.

What about Chilo?

Hayes is a decent signing. I think he fell victim to Buca woes last year. I 2010 he was graded higher than Pisa by PFF.

As for Chilo, he was graded pretty well in 2010 and then lost his starting job to Snyder last year, but still graded out higher than Snyder in his 250 snaps. Change of scenery could help him, and he could beat out Louis, though he's not the best pass blocker. But probably better than what we have now except for E Williams.

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