After losing Alshon Jeffery to the Philadelphia Eagles in free agency, the Chicago Bears are attempting to use two under-performing young pass catchers to replace him.
Shortly after bringing on Marcus Wheaton from the Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago has signed former Tennessee Titans first-round pick Kendall Wright. The deal is said to be for one year and $4 million.
Wright should immmediately become one of the Bears' starting receivers, likely a potential slot option for recent free-agent acquisition Mike Glennon.
The 27-year-old receiver is coming off a disastrous 2016 campaign that saw him put up just 29 receptions for 416 yards and three touchdowns. It was Wright's second consecutive down season after he combined to put up 215 receptions for over 2,500 yards in his first three years with Tennessee.
The hope here is that a change of scenery will help the former first-round pick. Though, it remains to be seen just how relevant any of these Bears receivers are going to be from a fantasy perspective. A lot of that will depend on how the depth chart plays out in training camp and the performance of Glennon under center.
As of now, one has to figure that Wright and Wheaton will be battling it out to become Glennon's third favorite receiving option behind Kevin White and Cameron Meredith, the latter of whom put up a 66-888-4 stat line last season. As of right now, he's the only real fantasy option on the Bears' offense outside of dynamic youngster Jordan Howard.