WR Santonio Holmes has signed a deal with the Chicago Bears, according to a report by ESPN’s NFL insider Adam Schefter.
Bears and former Jets WR Santonio Holmes have agreed to terms, per team source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 16, 2014
This deal comes as a surprise, but potentially a very strong move for Jay Cutler’s offense. Marc Trestman isn’t going to get superstar play from Eric Weems from Atlanta, so bringing in a guy like Holmes to compete as we enter the season makes sense.
Holmes, who is entering his 8th year in the league, hasn’t had a standout season since 2011. He reeled in 51 passes for 654 yards and 8 touchdowns in a struggling New York Jets’ offense.
In his last two years (both with the Jets), Holmes notched just a combined 43 catches and two touchdowns.
Potentially bringing life to the former standout receiver, this move could prove to be extremely beneficial for the Bears. There’s a desperate need for another option on the depth chart, and while Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall will carry the heavy load, Holmes could prove to bring an added element to the scheme that could turn into an unstoppable offense to stop.
Holmes hasn’t exactly had a gunslinging quarterback for years, and while Cutler has his downfalls, the level of play around Holmes is about to improve tremendously. No longer will defensive backs be able to key in on the Ohio State alum, as Jeffery and Marshall will gain much of the attention by defense’s top corners.
As long as he can stay healthy, Holmes has the potential to be a huge factor in the Bears’ 2014 campaign.
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