Royal was drafted in the second round of the 2008 draft by the Denver Broncos, where he spent his first four NFL seasons. He played with Bears quarterback Jay Cutler in 2008. The duo combined for 91 receptions for 980 yards and five touchdowns.
Royal (5-10, 185) will fill the slot receiver role in Chicago. The seven-year veteran turns 29 in May.
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