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Bears Sign LB Geno Hayes To Add Depth, According To Report

The Chicago Bears and general manager Phil Emery have been busy adding depth around the roster as they await the 2012 NFL Draft, and on Thursday morning the team agreed to terms with former Tampa Bay Buccaneers weak side linebacker Geno Hayes, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. Hayes is a former sixth-round draft pick (175th overall) out of Florida State from the 2008 NFL Draft, but the 24-year old never seized the opportunity in Tampa Bay and now gets a fresh start with the Bears.

In 14 starts during the 2011-12 NFL season he recorded 44 solo tackles, 19 assists one interception and two forced fumbles. Over the last three years Hayes has racked up 201 solo tackles, four interceptions, seven sacks and four forced fumbles in 43 starts. Back in December of 2010 Hayes was arrested following an altercation outside a nightclub in Tampa, and police had to use a stun gun to subdue the linebacker after repeatedly warning him to leave the premises but finding him uncooperative.

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