Bears, safety Craig Steltz agree
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CHICAGO -- Given their always fluid situation at safety, the Chicago Bears made a move to bolster the depth in the secondary by agreeing to terms on a two-year deal with veteran Craig Steltz, the team announced on Friday.
The two-year contract is worth $1.64 million but does contain escalators in the first year of the deal which could make it more lucrative, according to a source familiar with the situation.
Steltz wrapped up the regular season on a high note, starting the final four games of 2011 to finish ninth on the team with 48 total tackles. The 2008 fourth-round pick also forced a pair of fumbles and recorded a sack and three tackles for losses.
Steltz is likely to begin training camp as the No. 3 or No. 4 safety on the roster, but considering the multitude of injuries sustained by starting strong safety Major Wright in just two NFL seasons, Steltz might find himself back on the field before it's all said and done.
The safety also plays an important role on special teams, where he finished fourth on the club in 2011 with 12 special teams tackles.
Jeff Dickerson covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.