Bears sign CB Jonathan Wilhite

Chicago has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with veteran Jonathan Wilhite, who, along with Kelvin Hayden, is the second cornerback the Bears have signed today.

The Chicago Bears agreed to terms on a one-year contract with CB Jonathan Wilhite today. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Wilhite, who will be entering his fifth NFL season in 2012, was a fourth-round selection (129th overall) of the New England Patriots in the 2008 NFL Draft out of Auburn. He spent four seasons in New England (2008-10), appearing in 54 contests with 15 starts, gathering 134 tackles, four interceptions, 11 pass break ups, two sacks and three special teams stops.

The 5-11, 185 pound Wilhite spent the 2011 season with the Denver Broncos, playing in 15 games with two starts, recording 26 tackles, two sacks, one interception, two pass break ups and three special teams stops.

Wilhite played nickelback for both the Patriots and Broncos. He's the second veteran corner the Bears have signed today. Earlier, the club inked Kelvin Hayden to a veteran-minimum one-year deal. Chicago has now replaced Corey Graham and Zack Bowman, both of whom were lost in free agency.

The Bears typically carry five cornerbacks, the number on the current roster. That doesn't preclude them from drafting a corner but it makes it less likely.

Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings are the starters, with D.J. Moore at nickelback. Yet, besides Tillman, there will likely be an open competition in training camp for the remaining spots. Wilhite will contribute on special teams as well.

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