Bears Bring Back Marc Mariani

The Bears’ busy afternoon continued, with the team announcing (on Twitter) it has re-signed Marc Mariani on a one-year deal.

Mostly used as a kick returner in Chicago, Mariani generated a modest market for himself this week, with the Raiders, 49ers and other teams inquiring about his future.

Mariani signed with the Bears prior to the 2014 season after spending the first four years of his career with the Titans. The 28-year-old wide receiver averaged 26.5 yards per kick return — on 16 returns — last season for the Bears.

A one-time Pro Bowler, Mariani saw by far the most time as a receiver last season, with the Bears besieged by injuries to their receiving corps. Mariani caught 22 passes for 300 yards in 2015 after not catching a single pass from 2012-14.

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