Safety Omar Bolden becomes the latest former Broncos player to join the Bears

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The Bears have signed former Broncos safety Omar Bolden to a one-year contract.

LAKE FOREST – One of the best principals in any professional business is to surround yourself with people that you trust.

John Fox is following this philosophy as he builds his second Chicago Bears team in 2016.

The Bears added another former Broncos player under Fox’s regime in Denver in safety Omar Bolden. He signed a one-year deal with the team on Thursday afternoon, becoming the latest addition to the Bears’ defense in 2016.

Bolden played for Fox to start out his career in Denver and was with the coach for his first three seasons. He continued with Broncos in 2015 after Fox’s firing and played in nine games. Whiled used at times as a reserve safety, Bolden made more on an impact as a kick and punt returner on special teams.

In 2015 he had five punt returns for 123 yards and a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts in October. He also returned 15 kickoffs for 342 yards and had 429 yards and 13 returns the season before.

Now in Chicago Bolden will likely compete for the kick or punt return job considering the team’s inconsistency in that area last season. He’ll compete likely with Deonte Thompson for that position after the Bears signed the receiver to a one-year deal earlier in the month.

At least Bolden won’t have people around him he doesn’t know. This offseason the Bears have added former Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan, offensive lineman Manny Ramirez and long snapper Aaron Brewer.


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