Bears agree to 3-year deal with Weems
The Chicago Bears agreed to a three-year contract with special
teams star Eric Weems on Wednesday.
Weems spent his first five seasons with Atlanta and was the
NFC’s special-teams selection for the Pro Bowl in 2010.
Signing Weems could help ease the loss of Pro Bowl gunner Corey
Graham if he does not re-sign and it adds depth to the return game,
with Devin Hester hobbled at times by injuries last season and
Johnny Knox recovering from spinal surgery.
Weems has 41 career special-teams tackles, 77 punt returns for
815 yards and 113 kickoff returns for 2,896 yards. He also has 24
receptions for 205 yards.
He joined the Falcons as an undrafted free agent in 2007, when
new Bears general manager Phil Emery was Atlanta’s director of
The Bears also agreed to a two-year contract with tight end
Kellen Davis and a one-year deal with backup quarterback Josh
McCown, retaining both players.
Davis has appeared in all 64 games for the Bears over four
seasons and made 20 starts. He led the Bears with a career-high
five touchdown catches last season.
McCown signed with Chicago late last season and appeared in
three games, making two starts after Caleb Hanie struggled filling
in for Jay Cutler.
McCown got his deal one day after Chicago agreed to a one-year
contract with Jason Campbell to back up Cutler. The Bears also
acquired Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall in a trade with Miami
on Tuesday, signed special-teams standout and linebacker Blake
Costanzo from San Francisco and agreed to a two-year contract with
cornerback Tim Jennings that kept him off the free-agent