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Roster Move: Bears sign safety Dane Cruikshank

Dane Cruikshank

The Bears on Thursday signed unrestricted free agent safety Dane Cruikshank to a one-year contract.

The 6-1, 209-pounder was selected by the Titans in the fifth round of the 2018 draft out of Arizona. He appeared in 44 games with four starts the past four seasons, registering 65 tackles and one interception.

"Dane brings a combination of size and speed to our defense and special teams," said general manager Ryan Poles. "We thought his competitive mentality stood out on tape and are excited to add him to our defense. We would like to thank David Canter for helping bring him to Chicago."

Cruikshank, 26, contributed primarily on special teams during his first three years with the Titans before making his first four NFL starts and playing 46 percent of Tennessee's defensive snaps last season.

In his second NFL game Sept. 16, 2018, Cruikshank caught a 66-yard touchdown pass from Kevin Byard on a fake punt in a 20-17 win over the Texans, earning AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors.

Cruikshank generated another special teams TD in a 31-17 victory over the Colts Dec. 1, 2019 when he blocked an Adam Vinatieri field-goal attempt and Tye Smith returned it 63 yards for a go-ahead score.

Cruikshank's lone career interception came Sept. 6, 2020, against the Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger.

Cruikshank is the 10th unrestricted free agent the Bears have signed from another team since the start of the new league year March 16. He is also the third player they've added this offseason who spent last year with the Titans, joining running back Darrynton Evans and fullback Khari Blasingame.

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