The Chicago Bears announced on Saturday that they have signed Veteran Receiver, Santonio Holmes to a one-year contract. In doing so, they released Veteran Receiver and Special Teams player, Eric Weems.
The Bears are hoping that Holmes can be the player he once was and fill their No.3 receiver role behind Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. When No.3, Marquess Wilson, went down with a fractured clavicle two weeks ago, the team thought Weems would step in and fill the role, but he struggled.
Holmes attended Ohio State University and came out a year early. He was drafted in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers at number 25. He helped lead the team to the 2008 SuperBowl title and was named the MVP. 2009 was his best season as a Steeler, he had 79 catches, 1,248 receiving yards, and five touchdowns. However, the team got tired of his clashes with the law and traded him to the New York Jets on April 11, 2010. While with the Jets he was one of the team captains although he served a four game suspension for violating the league’s drug policy. His work ethic was questioned, clashed with teammates, and suffered a severe foot and hamstring injury that caused him to miss most of the last two seasons. He’s only played in 15 games during that time.
If he can show that he is mentally and physically fit then it will be a great signing by the team. No one knows for sure if he’ll be able to fill the Bears expectations, but it’s a risk they are willing to take.