Minutes after I got done writing about the Bears signing cornerback Kelvin Hayden to a one-year deal, they signed another cornerback, Jonathan Wilhite, to a one-year deal.
Wilhite, 28, played 15 games for the Denver Broncos in 2011, starting two of those games. He had one interception, two pass deflections, 28 tackles, and two sacks. He also was a contributor on special teams, something that the Bears of course value greatly.
The 5'11", 195-pounder also played in 39 games (13 starts) with the New England Patriots from 2008-2011, after being a fourth round selection by them in the 2008 draft. As a Patriot, he had three interceptions.
Cornerback depth was a major concern for the Bears coming into today, but they now have five capable cornerbacks on the roster in Peanut Tillman, Tim Jennings, D.J. Moore, Kelvin Hayden, and Jonathan Wilhite. All five of them started games at cornerback in 2011, so all of a sudden Phil Emery (who by the way is doing an incredible job in his first offseason as a general manager) has to feel very good about the position as he heads into the draft.
Still, as I said in the last post, the Bears need to develop a young, soon-to-be starter at the position with all of these players aside from Moore (who is best suited for the nickel back role) being 28+.
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