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Bears ink Cunningham to one-year deal

The Bears on Tuesday re-signed running back Benny Cunningham to a one-year contract.

Cunningham, 27, appeared in 14 games last year in his first season with the Bears. The versatile 5-10, 217-pounder rushed for 29 yards on nine carries, caught 20 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns, averaged 21.0 yards on seven kickoff returns and made six special teams tackles.

Cunningham caught a 38-yard TD pass from Pat O'Donnell on a fake punt against the Vikings.

A highly respected veteran leader, Cunningham was selected last year as the Bears nominee for the fourth annual Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award, which recognizes NFL players who exemplify outstanding sportsmanship on the field.

Cunningham originally joined the Bears in 2017 after spending his first four NFL seasons with the Rams, appearing in 57 games and rushing for 748 yards and four touchdowns on 171 carries, catching 93 passes for 752 yards and 1 TD and averaging 27.1 yards on 95 kickoff returns.

The only 100-yard rushing performance of Cunningham's career came in 2013 against the Bears when he ran for 109 yards and one TD on 13 carries in leading the Rams to a 42-21 win in St. Louis.

Additionally, the Bears officially announced on Tuesday a one-year contract with long-snapper Patrick Scales. General manager Ryan Pace first mentioned the team had agreed to terms with Scales at the NFL owners meetings.

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