The Bears are solidifying their kick return game by bringing back wide receiver Deonte Thompson on a one-year deal, the team announced Thursday.
Thompson was on the Bears’ practice squad last season until they promoted him to the active roster midway through the campaign. He appeared in seven games, returning 14 kickoffs for 409 yards for an average of 29.2 yards per attempt.
Thompson had a long of 74 yards against the San Francisco 49ers on Dec. 6, a return that set up the Bears offense at the 28-yard-line with 1:32 remaining in the fourth quarter, seemingly well within range for a game-winning field goal.
Robbie Gould, as you may recall, then botched a 36-yard attempt that sent the game into overtime, at which point Blaine Gabbert dissected the Bears defense for the win.
Thompson’s contributions on offense last year were limited, catching just two passes for 81 yards.