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By PFW staff

The Bears have signed WR-RS Eric Weems to a three-year deal, the team announced Wednesday.

Weems has spent his entire five-year career with the Falcons. He has just 24 career receptions, but has made his mark on special teams. In 2011, he returned 24 kickoffs for an average of 23.5 yards, 32 punts for 9.8 yards and also added 10 special-teams tackles.

Weems made the Pro Bowl in 2010 as a special-teams player.

The way we see it

Some league observers are wondering what Weems' arrival means for Devin Hester, since Weems returned kickoffs and punts in Atlanta, but it might just be a case of the Bears adding depth at a position they value.

Johnny Knox, who served as the top backup to Hester on kickoff returns last season, is coming off back surgery after suffering a severe injury and the Bears are wise to protect themselves in case Knox's recovery doesn't go as smoothly or as quickly as it would ideally.

Plus, with CB Corey Graham, a Pro Bowl special-teamer last season, expected to move on in free agency, Weems is a high-quality replacement for him as a gunner on punt coverage.

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