With Alshon Jeffery bolting to the Philadelphia Eagles in free agency, the Bears began work on trying to rebuild the wide receiver position Thursday, agreeing to terms with former Pittsburgh Steeler Markus Wheaton, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
Wheaton was lost among a cluster of receiving options in Pittsburgh and both he and the organization felt it was best to start new.
Wheaton played in just three games last year before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury. In the two season prior, Wheaton played the complementary receiver role fairly well.
In 2015, Wheaton caught 44 passes for 749 yards and five touchdowns while sharing time with Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant. The year before that, he caught 53 passes for 644 yards and 2 scores.
Wheaton by himself cannot replace Jeffery (he’s only 5-11 and 182 pounds), but the Bears are hoping his addition will give the offense an extra dimension.