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** RETRANSMISSION TO ADD TRANSREFERENCE NO. NY172 ** FILE ** Indianapolis Colts’ Kelvin Hayden warms up during the pregame of an NFL football game in this Sept. 23, 2007 file photo in Houston. When Indianapolis lost both starting cornerbacks in free agency, coach Tony Dungy plugged in Hayden andMarlin Jackson and watched his team get much more phyiscal. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip,File)

Bears sign cornerbacks Kelvin Hayden, Jonathan Wilhite

SHARE Bears sign cornerbacks Kelvin Hayden, Jonathan Wilhite
SHARE Bears sign cornerbacks Kelvin Hayden, Jonathan Wilhite

After several flirtations, the Bears signed Chicago native Kelvin Hayden on Thursday.

Hayden, a cornerback who attended Hubbard High School, played at Joliet Junior College before transferring to Illinois. He was a second-round pick of the Indianapolis Colts in 2005, and he had his best season in 2007, when he started all 16 games, intercepted three passes and forced two fumbles. His most memorable play came against the Bears, when he returned an interception 56 yards for a touchdown in the Super Bowl.

But Hayden, who turns 29 in July, hasn’t played an entire season since 2007. Last season for the Atlanta Falcons, Hayden intercepted two passes in eight games. He started only one game.

Hayden has played in 85 games, starting 47. He also has appeared in 10 postseason games, starting five.

The Bears also signed cornerback Jonathan Wilhite, who will be entering his fifth season in the NFL. A 2008 fourth-round pick of the New England Patriots, Wilhite spent last season with the Denver Broncos, playing in 15 games, starting two. He had 26 tackles, two sacks and one interception.

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