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Bears used full-court press to keep Graham

The Bears made a big push to get special teams standout Corey Graham to return -- and it worked. AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- A full-court press by the Bears' coaching staff, led by Dave Toub, helped the club re-sign special teams ace Corey Graham to a one-year deal.

The Bears should be commended for keeping Graham -- a Pro Bowl-caliber special teams contributor -- in the fold considering the former fifth-round pick out of New Hampshire was seriously thinking about leaving the organization via free agency.

"Going into it, I didn't know what exactly was going to happen," Graham said on Sunday. "Because of the lockout, things were a little different. I felt like time-wise, you didn't have enough time to go to another system, learn the defense and all that, and still have an opportunity to play. The coaches reached out to me, they really showed me they wanted me back here. This gives the best opportunity for the time being.

"Toub and I constantly talked and he showed how much he cared about me and wanted me back. Sometimes it's just best to be where you are wanted."

Graham continues to yearn for an opportunity to compete for a starting NFL secondary job, but those aspirations might be put on hold for at least one more year.

"I only signed a one-year deal so it's not like a long-term thing as of right now," Graham said.