Earlier today, the Chicago Bears reportedly worked out veteran wide receiver Santonio Holmes, per Adam Schefter. Holmes spent the 2013 season as a member of the New York Jets. The Bears reportedly have not made an effort to sign Holmes at this time and, barring injury, really have no need to sign him at all.
Not long ago, Holmes was widely considered to be one of the better wide receivers in the entire NFL. Most remember him for his game-winning touchdown catch in Super Bowl 43 while playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Holmes may still have some left in the tank, but he is nowhere near the player he once was.
Last season, in 11 games played, Holmes recorded just 23 receptions, 456 receiving yards and one touchdown catch.
The Bears already have both Brandon Marshall and emerging star Alshon Jeffery on their roster. On top of arguably the best wide receiver combination in the NFL, the Bears have an excellent pass-catching tight end in Martellus Bennett. These three players alone recorded 24 touchdown receptions this past season.
With a great core group of receivers, the Bears have absolutely no need to spend money on a player like Holmes. He would likely be a No. 3 receiver, at best, for the Bears. Even with Marquess Wilson fracturing his clavicle, the Bears have enough depth at wide receiver. Both Josh Morgan and Eric Weems are capable No. 3 wide receivers who cost a fraction of what Holmes is likely interested in receiving as compensation.
While the Bears really have no use for Holmes, the Cleveland Browns, who reportedly also have shown interest in the veteran wide receiver, have nothing to lose in signing Holmes, given their weakness at wide receiver with Josh Gordon likely suspended for the season.