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

Published Apr. 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.

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