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Bears Load Up on Offense, Sign Pair of WRs

The Bears added two WRs to the roster on Wednesday evening in a pair of low-risk moves. One of which was highly regarded once upon time.

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On Wednesday evening, the Chicago Bears were busy adding to their offense. GM Ryan Poles signed a pair of wide receivers to help out second-year QB Justin Fields.

Tajae Sharpe

First, the Bears signed 27-year-old WR Tajae Sharpe to a one-year deal.

The Tennessee Titans selected Sharpe in the fifth round (140th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft. He spent his first four years in Nashville. However, Sharpe missed all of 2017 due to a foot injury. In 2020, he signed with the Minnesota Vikings and played in only four games. Sharpe spent all of 2021 with the Atlanta Falcons, appearing in fifteen games. During his six-year career, he has logged 117 catches for 1,397 yards and eight TDs.

Dante Pettis

A few hours after signing Tajae Sharpe, Ryan Poles was at it again. This time, the Bears signed WR Dante Pettis.

The 26-year-old Pettis is a former second round (44th overall) pick of the San Francisco 49ers back in 2018. After having a decent rookie year, Pettis had a poor sophomore season for the 49ers. Unfortunately, on November 3, 2020 the team waived the WR. The following day, the New York Giants claimed Pettis. However, he appeared in only two games for them. In 2021, the Giants waived and re-signed Pettis to the practice squad. On November 5, the team placed him on the season-ending IR due to a shoulder injury.

In five seasons, Pettis sports 52 catches for 739 yards and nine TDs on his stat sheet. He is another low-risk move for the Bears, who seem to be willing to take the gamble on his upside. That is the same upside the 49ers saw in 2018.

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Robb Louk
Robb Louk
10 days ago

My issue is with title, hopefully it was tongue in cheek. I think realistic fans, the ones that don’t just drink the Kool-Aid at the start of each year, know not to expect much this year. This is a developmental/rebuilding year. We have a ton of cap space then, as well as a relatively high quantity of draft picks compared to a typical year under Pace.

I want our young guys this year to develop and the coaching staff get a solid haandle on who is going to be a part of our future beyond this year. Lastly, I would be delighted to have a very high lottery pick in next year’s draft.

Let’s not consider our WR room to be loaded after the Bears loaded up today.

Danimal
Danimal
9 days ago

Loaded up on offense, huh?

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