The Chicago Bears have signed wide receiver Rashied Davis to a 3-year deal that runs through the 2010 season. I haven’t been able to confirm any reports on the dollar amount of the contract. The moves comes five days after the Bears signed Davis to a one-year tender offer as a restricted free agent. The move assures the Bears depth at the wide receiver position and shows faith that Davis will continue to develop.
Davis came to the Bears after spenDding four years in the Arena League with the San Jose Sabercats, originally looking to play cornerback, but quickly switched to wide receiver. His most notable moment came in a game against the Minnesota Vikings in 2006 when it appeared Rex Grossman had given up the game-winning interception for a touchdown. The Bears came right back and Davis caught the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter comeback.
The sure handed receiver didn’t get much playing time last year while competing against Devin Hester and Greg Olsen as the 3rd and 4th receiver options on the field after Muhsin Muhammed and Bernard Berrian. Muhammed and Berrian have been replaced with Marty Booker and Brandon Lloyd but the Bears are confident they can get Davis more playing time this season. Even though there is a lot of competition at the wide receiver position, there is no clear front runner and Davis will have an opportunity in training camp to prove himself worthy of playing time.
Considering the move locks up Davis for three years and the Bears have been unwilling to sign many other receivers beyond this season, the Bears appear confident that they can mold Davis into a top receiver. Davis has never been considered a deep threat on the field but he has shown good hands and route running that could put him in contention for possession receiver on third downs.