Santonio Holmes signs one-year contract with Bears


The Chicago Bears are turning to Santonio Holmes to try to fill their No. 3 receiver role.

The former New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers pass-catcher signed a one-year contract with the Bears on Saturday, the team announced.

In a semi-surprising move, the Bears also announced it terminated the contract of receiver and kick returner Eric Weems. 

Chicago has been searching for a third-wheel to add to the Brandon Marshall-Alshon Jeffery duo ever since Marquess Wilson suffered a fractured clavicle earlier this month.

The Bears toyed with Weems in that spot during Thursday's 20-19 preseason win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Weems, however, quickly proved he was not the answer.

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Weems also struggled mightily in the return game. The 29-year-old began the week as starting returner and No. 3 reciever. Now he no longer has a job in Chicago.

Holmes, the former Super Bowl MVP, was a shell of himself in 2013 due to a foot injury that was worse than it originally appeared. The receiver's work ethic was also questioned multiple times in New York over the last several years.

The Bears worked out Holmes earlier this month but then chose to sign little-known Greg Herd instead. Now that they see what they have at the No. 3 receiver spot, the team decided Homes was worth the risk.

If he is mentally and physically healthy, Holmes can be a dynamic add to an already potent offense and should win the No. 3 job over Josh Morgan. That is one big "if," however.

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