The Chicago Bears spent most of this NFL offseason erasing the mistakes they made in free agency last year. Among the players to get axed was wide receiver, Markus Wheaton.
Fortunately, Wheaton has gotten another opportunity to prove himself as a viable option in the passing game. According to Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk, he has signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles.
The team announced on Tuesday that Wheaton has signed a one-year deal with the team.
Wheat was initially taken by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. His career got off to a bit of a slow start up until his breakout season in 2014. He took on an increased role in the Steelers’ offense the next year after hauling in 44 catches for 749 yards and five touchdowns.
As a result, Chicago was ready to give him an opportunity to serve as a secondary option in their offense and signed him to a two-year, $11 million deal prior to the 2017 campaign. Needless to say, it was a disappointing year for all sides involved, and the front office was quick to scrap ay more bad signings they made last year.
He now has the opportunity to compete for a role with the reigning Super Bowl champions. It is the second year in a row that the Eagles have poached a wide receiver from the Bears. Although he is certainly not the caliber of wideout that Alshon Jeffery is, Wheaton has enjoyed plenty of success as the third option in the passing game.