Bears sign LB Geno Hayes, release WR Max Komar

Bears sign LB Geno Hayes, release WR Max Komar

The Chicago Bears agreed to terms on a one-year contract with LB Geno Hayes and released WR Max Komar. Terms of the Hayes deal were not disclosed.

Hayes has started 42 of 56 games played at weakside linebacker for Tampa Bay over four seasons (2008-11) after being selected by the Bucs in the sixth round (175th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. The 6-1, 226-pound linebacker out of Florida State has collected 334 tackles (231 solo), 36 tackles for losses, seven sacks, four interceptions – including one returned for a touchdown, 16 pass break ups, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in his NFL career.

He has added nine special teams stops and a blocked punt which he returned for a touchdown.Hayes has 29.5 stuffs - a tackle of a rusher for negative yards – according to STATS, second most in the NFL since entering the league in 2008. He led the league with 11 stuffs in 2009 and finished tied for second with 11.5 in 2010.

In 2011, Hayes started 13 of 16 games played, finishing third on the team with 86 tackles and seven tackles for losses, adding one interception and two forced fumbles.

He is expected to compete for the backup role behind Lance Briggs.

Komar appeared in two contests for the Bears last season after spending 10 weeks on their practice squad, but did not record a catch.

The WR has been nursing an injury all offseason and said on Thursday, "I'm gonna be out a long time."

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