Tampa Bay Buccaneers free-agent linebacker Geno Hayes joins Chicago Bears

Published April 19 2012
Updated April 19 2012

Ever since the start of the offseason, it was clear the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were going in a different direction at weak-side linebacker, a position held for the past three seasons by Geno Hayes.

Now, Hayes finally is moving on.

Hayes agreed today with the Chicago Bears on a one-year contract, likely to compete for a backup role behind Pro Bowl weak-side backer Lance Briggs, who was signed to a contract extension this month through the 2014 season.

Hayes likely will have to distinguish himself on special teams to earn a roster spot, though the Bears have also been looking for depth in their linebacking corps.