The Chicago Bears signed former Detroit Lions solid defensive end Willie Young to a three-year deal worth $9 million, and they now have a very good DE bookend in Lamarr Houston and Young. The Bears also decided to make a smaller move today, as they have announced the signing of veteran wide receiver Domenik Hixon to a one-year deal.
Hixon figures to be Chicago’s No. 4 receiver next season, as I believe Earl Bennett will receive his walking papers and Marquess Wilson will move up to become the team’s No. 3 receiver. On paper, Hixon looks like a quality signing, as there is no risk involved and he’s just going to be a depth receiver for Jay Cutler.
The 29-year-old caught just seven passes last season in his only season with the Carolina Panthers, and the former New York Giants receiver has only caught more than 20 passes in a season on two occasions. He might even be better suited as a No. 5 receiver, and that would be his role if the Bears decide to keep Bennett. There isn’t much to like about this signing, but there isn’t much to dislike about it either. It’s another ho-hum move for the Bears, who made a ho-hum move yesterday when they signed safety M.D. Jennings (it would be a bad deal for them if he ends up starting).