I don’t know how I missed this yesterday, but the Bears re-signed back up center Taylor Boggs and journeyman safety Derrick Martin to one-year deals on Monday. Financial details weren’t disclosed, but my guess is that both deals are for the minimum veteran contract.
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Boggs, 27, joined the Bears last year after two seasons with the Jets. Undrafted out of Humboldt St, Boggs never played a down with the Jets and only made a brief appearance for the Bears on special teams in week 7 last year. I thought the Bears might draft a center in the later rounds to develop behind Garza, but it appears that Boggs could be their developmental center. I have heard the Bears are trying to bring Roberto Garza back for another year or two and I can’t see them carrying 3 centers.
Martin, 28, has been in the NFL for 8 years and the Bears are his 5th team. He was originally drafted by the Ravens in round 6 of the 2006 draft and has also played on the Packers (2009-2011), Giants (2011), and Patriots (2012-2013). Martin was signed during week 10 last season and played in 7 games for the Bears mostly on special teams, but did see the field for 5 defensive snaps and made a tackle in the last game for the season vs the Packers. Martin was most likely signed to play special teams next year but could provide depth at safety if needed. In his 8 year career, Martin has two super bowl rings (Ravens, Giants).