The Chicago Bears this afternoon signed wide receiver Santonio Holmes to a one-year deal. ESPN was the first to report the news. The Bears have not officially confirmed the acquisition.
Holmes, a first-round draft pick in 2006, is an eight-year veteran who has played four years apiece for the Pittsburgh Steelers (2006-2009) and New York Jets (2010-2013). He has 5,936 receiving yards and 37 touchdowns in his career. His best season came in 2009 when he caught 79 passes for 1,248 yards.
Holmes suffered a Lisfranc injury in 2012 which required two surgeries. He struggled in his return last season before a hamstring injury cost him another five games. The Jets cut him in March.
Holmes, 30 years old, is a last-ditch option for the Bears, who are struggling to find a replacement for Marquess Wilson, who is expected to miss time in the regular season as he recovers from a broken collarbone. The Bears have not said when they believe Wilson will return.
Holmes worked out for the Bears the day after Wilson's injury. He was named most valuable player of Super Bowl XLIII as a member of the Steelers, who traded Holmes in 2009 in the wake of a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
The Bears will need to cut one player to make room for Holmes. They currently have 12 receivers on the roster.
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