Bears sign returners Edwards and Spurlock

Detroit Lions' Micheal Spurlock (15) returns a kick for 57 yards during an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears at Ford Field in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

The Bears added two more wide receivers and return men to the competition on Tuesday by signing Armanti Edwards and Micheal Spurlock.

To make room on the roster, they terminated the contract of wide receiver Domenik Hixon with an injury settlement — Hixon tore his ACL last Tuesday — and waived undrafted rookie linebacker Tana Patrick.

Edwards spent the first four seasons of his career with the Panthers and played in all 32 games from 2011-12. He appeared in two games with the Browns last season. He has six career catches.

A college quarterback at Appalachian State, Edwards has 40 career punt returns (7.0-yard average) and 15 kickoff returns (19.7-yard average).

Spurlock, 31, played in 10 games for the Lions last season as their returner and one with the Cowboys. He had 22 punt returns for 145 yards for Detroit, including a 57-yard return against the Bears in Week Four. He had 15 kickoff returns for 338 yards (22.5-yard average).

In his seven NFL seasons, Spurlock has played for the Cardinals, Buccaneers, 49ers, Chargers and Cowboys. He had 17 catches for 250 yards and two scores for the Bucs in 2010. Spurlock has three career kickoff-return touchdowns and an average of 24.2 yards a return. On 81 punt returns, Spurlock has averaged 9.6 yards a return and has two touchdowns.

The two players will likely compete with Chris Williams, Eric Weems and Michael Ford to be the Bears’ return man in 2014. Josh Morgan, Josh Bellamy and Terrence Toliver are the other players competing for the final receiver spots on the roster.

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