Sep 15, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants free safety Ryan Mundy (21) reacts after he recovered a Denver Broncos fumble in the end zone in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Mills/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Free Agency: Ryan Mundy signs with Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears have signed free agent safety Ryan Mundy to a two-year contract according to The Chicago Tribune’s Brad Biggs.

Mundy was a sixth round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2008 draft and played there for the first five years of his career. He played with the New York Giants in 2013, starting 10 games and recording 77 tackles and an interception.

The Bears entered free agency with a need at both safety positions with Major Wright a free agent and Chris Conte struggling for most of the season. With Jairus Byrd and T.J. Ward on the free agent market, the team has so far passed on the higher-priced options in favor of Mundy.

Ward has since signed with the Denver Broncos while Byrd could return to the Buffalo Bills if he finds the market to be unsatisfactory.

Mundy has played free and strong safety in his career and is expected to compete for the starting spot at strong safety, but his biggest impact may come on special teams where he has been a standout in his career.

Tthis signing won’t preclude the team from pursuing more help at the position, including potentially spending their first round draft pick on a safety like Ha Ha Clinton-Dix or Calvin Pryor.

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