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By Dan Pompei Tribune Reporter1:55 p.m. CDT, March 23, 2013

Tommy Zbikowski is coming home: The Buffalo Grove native and five-year NFL veteran has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears, sources told the Tribune.

Last week the Colts cut Zbikowski last week after a one-year run in Indianapolis. The former Notre Dame standout previously had played four years for the Ravens.

With the Bears, he is expected to push Major Wright for playing time at strong safety and contribute on special teams. He also has return ability.

Known for his toughness and leadership ability, the former Notre Dame captain has moonlighted as a boxer and has spoken of one day becoming a fulltime fighter.  As for now, he is focused on the NFL.

Asked about Zbikowski last week, Colts coach Chuck Pagano said, “There is gas left in the tank. I know Tommy’s mindset. I know what a competitor he is. All he needs is an opportunity. I know somebody will give him one and he’ll make the best of it.”

Zbikowski was a quarterback and safety at Buffalo Grove High School before becoming a full-time defender at Notre Dame.

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