Gray Signs One-Year Tender

Despite bringing in prospective free agents on what seems like a daily basis, the Bears aren't ignoring their own. Restricted free agent Bobby Gray signed his one-year tender offer Tuesday.

The deal will pay Gray $656,000 in 2005 and he will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

While Gray started four of 10 games played with Chicago in 2004, he appeared ready to challenge Mike Green for the strong safety job. When that never materialized Gray was reduced to being used primarily in nickel situations and kick coverage.

The 6-0, 210-pounder totaled 28 tackles last year while tying for fifth on the team with a career-high 11 special teams tackles. Known for his hard hitting style of play, Gray recorded his first career interception and a 31-yard return off a Brett Favre pass at Green Bay (9/19/04).

The fourth-year safety has played in 29 games for the Bears, starting 13, since being drafted in the fifth round (140th overall) out of Louisiana Tech in the 2002 NFL Draft.

Gray established several career-highs in 2003, starting nine of 16 games played while recording 62 tackles and six pass break-ups. He was limited to three games played as a rookie after suffering a dislocated right wrist in the third game of the '02 season.

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