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Roster Move: Bears sign Ginn to 1-year deal


The Bears on Monday signed veteran free-agent receiver and return specialist Ted Ginn Jr. to a one-year contract.

Ginn, 35, has appeared in 187 NFL games with 83 starts over 13 seasons with the Dolphins (2007-09), 49ers (2010-12), Panthers (2013 and 2015-16), Cardinals (2014) and Saints (2017-19).

The speedy 5-11, 180-pounder was selected by Miami with the ninth overall pick in the first round of the 2007 draft out of Ohio State.

Ginn has caught 409 passes for 5,702 yards and 33 touchdowns. He has also averaged 10.1 yards on 257 punt returns with four touchdowns and 22.5 yards on 307 kickoff returns with three TDs. He is one of only 10 players in NFL history to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in a game.

Last season with New Orleans, Ginn caught 30 passes for 421 yards and two touchdowns while playing in all 16 games with nine starts. In Week 1 on Monday Night Football, he had seven receptions for 101 yards in a 30-28 win over the Texans.

Ginn has reached the playoffs in nine of 13 NFL seasons, including three straight years and eight of the last nine since 2011. In 15 career postseason games, he has caught 36 passes for 589 yards and one touchdown. He has also averaged 10.9 yards on 13 punt returns and 23.7 yards on seven kickoff returns.

Ginn will wear No. 19 with the Bears, with receiver Reggie Davis switching from 19 to 18.

Ginn is the fifth free agent the Bears have signed this offseason who was chosen in the first round of the draft by another team. He joins outside linebackers Robert Quinn (No. 14 overall by Rams in 2011) and Barkevious Mingo (No. 6 by Browns in 2013), cornerback Artie Burns (No. 25 by Steelers in 2016) and guard Germain Ifedi (No. 31 by Seahawks in 2016).

Two other former first round picks from other teams are also on the Bears roster: Outside linebacker Khalil Mack (No. 5 by Raiders in 2014) and receiver/return specialist Cordarrelle Patterson (No. 29 by Vikings in 2013).

Take a look at new Bears WR Ted Ginn Jr. in action during his 13-year NFL career with the Dolphins, 49ers, Panthers, Cardinals, and Saints.

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