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Devin’s replacement? New Bears signee Hixon will have chance to return kicks
The Bears continued adding depth Thursday, signing former Giants and Panthers wide receiver Domenik Hixon to a 1-year contract.
Hixon figures to play special teams but could get a look as the team’s third or fourth receiver. While he had 39 catches for 567 yards in 2012 with the Giants, Hixon caught only seven passes in 15 games last season, and made one special teams tackle.
General manager Phil Emery said he’ll have challenge special teamer Eric Weems, and others, and will be evaluated as a kick returner. The team decided last week it would not bring back Devin Hester, and already has former Canadian Football League returner Chris Williams on the roster.
“We’re certainly gonna give him an opportunity to return some kicks,” Emery said.
The highlight of his season was a 14-yard touchdown reception with 28 seconds left to defeat the New Orleans Saints on Dec. 22.
Hixon is a 6-foot-2, 205-pound 9-year veteran who graduated from Akron. He played safety for two seasons on the Zips before switching to wideout.
“We’re bringing him in to compete, to find a spot on the roster,” Emery said. “Obviously we like his size. I always like wide receivers that come in and around a inch and a half taller than I am. Huge hands …
“It’s up to him to find his spot on the squad, and that opportunity’s there.”
He was picked in the fourth round by the Broncos in the 2006 draft despite breaking his foot while preparing for Akron’s pro day.