NFL free agent tracker: Bears expected to re-sign Kelvin Hayden


Hayden primarily served as the nickel cornerback for the Bears in 2012.

The Chicago Bears are expected to retain the services of cornerback Kelvin Hayden, as Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune reports that he is expected to re-sign with the team.

Hayden, 29, signed a one-year contract worth $825,000 with the Bears during the 2012 offseason and appeared in all 16 games for the team, making two starts. He primarily served as the team's nickel cornerback with Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings, anchoring a defense that finished with the third fewest points allowed in the league.

Before signing with the Bears, Hayden played one season with the Atlanta Falcons after leaving the Indianapolis Colts. A second-round pick in the 2005 NFL Draft by the Colts, Hayden played his first six NFL seasons in Indianapolis, where he made 46 career starts.

Hayden has recorded 12 career interceptions, including one in 2012 against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 16, his only interception of the year.

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