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LAKE FOREST, IL - The Chicago Bears agreed to a four-year deal with linebacker Mike Caldwell Friday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Caldwell started all 16 games for Philadelphia at weakside linebacker in 2001 and finished second on the team with a career-high 140 tackles. The 6-2, 237-pounder also added three sacks and eight tackles on special teams.

Caldwell spent the past four seasons (1998-2001) with the Eagles, logging 29 starts and 62 games played. He led the club in special teams tackles (71) over his first three seasons in Philadelphia and was voted special team's MVP by his teammates in 1998.

Prior to 1998, the Middle Tennessee State product played one season in both Baltimore (1996) and Arizona (1997). The nine-year NFL veteran was originally selected in the third round (83rd overall) of the 1993 draft by the Browns. He played three seasons in Cleveland with eight starts before the franchise moved to Baltimore.

Bears sign kicker
The Bears also signed kicker Jon Hilbert to a two-year contract Friday. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Hilbert played in the final eight games of the 2001 season for the Dallas Cowboys, signing after Tim Seder was lost for the season with a sprained ankle. The 6-2, 230 pounder out of Louisville hit nine out of his final 11 field goals last season, converting 11 of 16 attempts with a long of 43 yards during the second half of the 2001 season.

He was originally signed as a undrafted free agent by the Cowboys in 2000 but was released before training camp. Hilbert spent the 2000 training camp with Buffalo and the 2001 training camp with New Orleans.


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