The Chicago Bears have signed wide receiver Domenik Hixon to a one-year contract.
Hixon is an eight-year veteran, selected in the fourth round of the 2006 draft by the Denver Broncos. The Broncos released him four games into the 2007 campaign and he signed immediately with the New York Giants, where he spent the next five seasons, earning two Super Bowl rings along the way.
He's been used sparingly as a wide receiver during his career, starting just 13 games in seven seasons played. His main value has been as a return man, combining for 136 punt and kick returns since 2006.
Hixon played just two games between 2010-2011 due to two consecutive torn ACLs.
He played for the Carolina Panthers last season, catching seven passes for 55 yards. He did not return a kick or a punt in 2013.
With the addition of Hixon, the Bears may be willing to part ways with special-teams-only player Eric Weems. Cutting Weems would clear $1.1 million in cap space in 2014.
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