The Chicago Bears today re-signed Deonte Thompson, who served as the club's kick returner last season, to a one-year contract.
Thompson is a four-year NFL veteran who spent his first three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens. He signed with the Bears midway through last season and was active for the final seven games.
Thompson took over for Marc Mariani as the club's starting kick returner in Week 10, a role in which he flourished. He finished the year with a 29.2 kick-return average, which was second highest in the league (minimum 10 attempts).
The University of Florida product ran a 4.31 40-yard dash at his pro day in 2012 and he showed that same speed in Chicago last season. He had a huge 74-yard kickoff return against the Packers on Thanksgiving.
Thompson caught just two passes as a receiver in 2015, yet they went for 36 and 45 yards, again showing his ability to out-run defenders over the top.