Geno Hayes Signs With BearsApril 19th, 2012
The thin Bucs defense just got officially thinner today when what was expected for months came true.
Geno Hayes is an ex-Bucs player.
This morning, Hayes, who was a starting Bucs outside linebacker for three seasons, signed with the Bears, so reports Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
Hayes worked out at Halas Hall earlier this week and was among a group of experienced players the team brought in for a look. Hayes, 6-foot-1, 226 pounds, doesn’t turn 25 until August. He’s made 42 starts over the previous three seasons for the Bucs. He made 64 tackles with two forced fumbles and one interception last season.
The Bears could put Hayes in a position to compete with strong-side starter Nick Roach, who has performed well. Or they could have him in a reserve role. The team didn’t have much in the way of experienced backups last season and was fortunate to make it through the season without serious needs because of injuries.
Yeah, Joe understands the Bucs lost a starting linebacker, but as ghastly as this defense was last year, is that really a loss?