After placing cornerback Charles Tillman (torn right triceps) on Injured Reserve (with the designation to return), the Chicago Bears signed safety Derrick Martin to a one-year contract on Wednesday:
LM: #Bears sign safety Derrick Martin, who has played 7 NFL seasons with Ravens, Packers, Giants & Patriots.Martin, 28, spent training camp with the Bears and appeared in two preseason games.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) November 13, 2013
The 5'10", 198-pound safety has played in 66 games (four starts) over his seven-year career, recording 37 tackles, three interceptions, eight pass deflections, one sack, and one fumble recovery. He has two Super Bowl rings as a reserve safety while with the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants.
The Bears' safety play has been downright abysmal this season (although Chris Conte had a very nice game aon Sunday), so it's possible Martin finds playing time on defense at some point, but for right now he'll just provide veteran depth at the position and perhaps contribute on special teams.
The Bears now have five safeties (Martin, Conte, Major Wright, Craig Steltz, and Anthony Walters) and four cornerbacks (Zack Bowman, Tim Jennings, Isaiah Frey, and Sherrick McManis) on the 53-man roster.
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