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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Bears re-sign Craig Steltz to one-year deal

By on 3/19/2014 10:00:00 AM

Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune reports the Bears have re-signed safety Craig Steltz to a one-year contract. Steltz's deal is for the veteran minimum amount of $730,000, and he can earn another $65,000 in the form of roster bonuses.

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Steltz underwent surgery in Dec of last year to repair a torn right pectoral tendon when he attempted to tackle Vikings defensive lineman Christian Ballard, who had illegally advanced a fumbled Minnesota kickoff return.

The safety was forced to spend the next several weeks after the operation with his right arm in a sling. He is now out of the sling and should be fully recovered when the Bears officially begin their offseason program.

Steltz a fourth-round pick out of SU in the 2008 NFL Draft has made eight starts. The 26-year old veteran safety has spent the last six years with the Bears, where he's carved out a niche as one of the club's most dependable contributors on special teams.

In last season's Week 13 matchup against the Vikings he started for Major Wright inactive due to a hamstring injury. Steltz made a season total 28 tackles half on safety teams.

The Bears also signed former Cowboys' safety Danny McCray to a one-year deal. McCray has a history with Bears' special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis. He started 10 games at safety in 2012 and made 71 tackles. 

With the signings of both Steltz and McCray on yesterday Chicago have added four safeties to their secondary from the free agent pool. Former starting strong safety Major Wright is not expected to return in free agency.


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