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.
Current Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase was Royal's receivers coach in 2008 and 2009, while Royal played his final year in Denver under John Fox.
Royal also has experience as a returner. He averaged 9.1 yards per punt return last year but hasn't returned a kickoff since 2011.
In 2014, he had his second best NFL season, compiling 62 catches for 778 yards and seven touchdowns. His seven-year career totals: 338 catches, 3,750 yards and 25 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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