The Chicago Bears today re-signed wide receiver/punt returner Marc Mariani to a one-year contract and defensive end Mitch Unrein to a two-year contract.
Mariani has appeared in 54 games (with 5 starts) over six seasons with Tennessee (2010-13) and Chicago (2014-15), recording 27 receptions for 324 yards (12.0 ypr), 109 punt returns for 1,040 yards (9.5 ypr) and two touchdowns and 128 kickoff returns for 3,206 yards (25.0 ypr) and one touchdown. He earned a Pro Bowl nod after the 2010 season as a return specialist.
In two seasons with the Bears, Mariani has seen action in 22 contests with five starts, grabbing 22 receptions for 300 yards (13.6 ypc), with 36 punt returns for 221 yards (6.1 ypr) and 36 kickoffs for 928 yards (25.8 ypr).
Last season, Mariani appeared in all 16 contests with five starts at wide receiver, hauling in career highs in receptions (22) and receiving yards (300), including a career long 26-yard reception. He also returned 29 punts for 192 yards (6.6 ypr) and 16 kickoffs for 418 yards (26.1 ypr). 19 of his 22 receptions went for first downs (86.4 percent) last season, as his 86.4 first down percentage was second-highest in the NFL among players with at least 20 receptions. Eleven of his 22 receptions last season came on third down with all 11 catches being converted into 1st downs. He was the only player in the NFL to convert all his third down catches into first downs with a minimum of 10 such receptions.
Unrein has seen playing time in 70 games with seven starts over six seasons with Denver (2011-14), San Diego (2015) and Chicago (2015), recording 81 tackles – including three tackles for losses and one sack – and one fumble recovery.
In 2015, Unrein appeared in 16 games overall (14 for Chicago and two with San Diego) with four starts in a Bears uniform, producing 33 tackles, one sack, two TFLs, one pass break-up and six QB pressures (all stats with Chicago except one tackle).
Unrein has seen action in six postseason contests with Denver, recording six tackles – including one TFL.