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Chicago Bears sign former Denver Broncos safety Omar Bolden to one-year contract

The Chicago Bears have added secondary depth and special teams talent with today's signing of former Broncos safety Omar Bolden.

The Chicago Bears have reached an agreement with former Denver Broncos safety Omar Bolden on a one-year contract worth $760,000. 

Bolden is a four-year NFL veteran who played three seasons under current Bears head coach John Fox. He has started just one game at safety during his career, so he's not considered a viable starting option. 

Bolden does bring value on special teams as both a gunner and a return man. In his career, he's returned 44 kickoffs for 1,085 yards (24.7 average), along with 5 punt returns (all coming last year) for 123 yards (24.6 avg.). 

Per the official press release: 

Bolden appeared in 56 games with one start over four seasons with the Denver Broncos (2012-15), collecting 27 special teams tackles and 24 defensive tackles. He has added 1,085 yards on 44 kickoff returns (24.7 ypr) and 123 yards and a touchdown on five punt returns (24.6 ypr). His 27 special teams tackles (according to press box statistics) were tied for the most on the Broncos over the last four years, leading Denver in 2014 (12 special teams tackles) and finishing third on the team in 2012 (nine). 


Listed at 5-10, 195 pounds, Bolden was a fourth round selection (101st overall) in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Broncos out of Arizona State. In six postseason contests he has recorded three special teams tackles and one punt return for 42 yards.


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