Bears sign Pro Bowl kick returner

The Chicago Bears have signed wide receiver/kick returner Marc Mariani and waived safety Ahmad Dixon.

LAKE FOREST, IL – The Chicago Bears signed WR/KR Marc Mariani to a two-year contract and waived S Ahmad Dixon.

Mariani appeared in 32 games over four seasons (2010-13), recording 73 punt returns for 819 yards (11.2 ypr) and two touchdowns, 92 kickoff returns for 2,278 yards (24.8 ypr) and a touchdown and five receptions for 24 yards (4.8 ypr). He earned a Pro Bowl nod after the 2010 season as a return specialist.

Dixon appeared in five games for the Bears this season, recording four special teams tackles and a fumble recovery.

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