The Chicago Bears have agreed to terms with free agent wide receiver Santonio Holmes, who will give the team another necessary offensive weapon.
Chicago worked out Holmes over a week ago with the intention of inking him to a deal. However, the Bears decided to go in a different direction when they signed undrafted free agent Greg Herd. Apparently, the necessity for another veteran wide receiver to go along with Brandon Marshall was too good to pass up.
It is quite clear that if the Bears want to compete with the Green Bay Packers in the NFC North, they must put together a worthy offense. Chicago put up impressive numbers last season, and in fact, it was their defense that made them falter. With that said, the Packers have one of the most explosive offensives in the league, led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers. If Jay Cutler wants to match what Green Bay is capable of accomplishing, he needs to have the right pieces to do so.
Holmes joins Marshall, wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, tight end Martellus Bennett and running back Matt Forte as the key weapons that surround Cutler. Each player brings something different to the table, which is a recipe for success. As good as the Bears are expected to be in 2014, the addition of Holmes should give them that much more confidence.
The 30-year-old Holmes hauled in 23 receptions for 456 yards and one touchdown in 11 games with the New York Jets last season. He has tallied over 1,000 receiving yards once in his career, which came with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2009.