Bears Sign CFL Receiver Andy Fantuz

The Bears made what seems like a minor move on the surface but has gotten a lot of buzz on the interwebs – they signed wide receiver Andy Fantuz from the Canadian Football League.  Here’s a blurb from the Trib’s writeup on the deal:

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Fantuz caught 87 passes for 1,380 yards and six touchdowns this past season for the Saskatchewan Roughriders and was the first Canadian-born player to lead the league in receiving since 1995.

According to the Trib, he turned down similar offers from the Steelers, Patriots and almost-Canadian Buffalo Bills to sign with the Bears.  Something about the depth chart and ability to make the roster.  There’s just on thing about the five year pro who seems to offer everything you might want in a wide receiver.  Check it out after the jump.  

He’s white.  And slow.  From what I’m hearing, he ran about a 4.79 40 yard dash.  That’s slightly better than Brandon Manumaleuna-type speed.

Here’s a little highlight clip of the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ leading receiver:

Fantuz is sort of a folk hero in Canada, thus the cereal bearing his likeness.  He seems to be pretty fan friendly too.  You can follow him on Twitter and welcome him to Chicago.

Somehow I can see him fitting in great with Cutty and Olsen.  Just a hunch.


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  • WIndy Cynic

    Wow, finally a true #1 receiver. Now we can release Aroshmadou and put hester back to special teams!

    Angelo is a hidden gem genius(?)!!!!!!!

    Oh and don’t bother fixing the oline, cause this target is gonna make Jay’s life so much easier once we add in John Shoops variations on the wide receiver screen to Martz’s bilble of plays

    Best part, Fantuz comes cheap… Here that Mc Caskey! Yeah! BEAR going down.

  • WIndy Cynic

    Hey Boom, I watched the clip…. I’d rather have the QB… oh wait, he had time to throw, haven’t seen that in a few years.

    Fantuz looks like Olsen spread out to wide. Why not just do that and allow Kellen D some game time.

    Looks like 83 has good hands, but little separation against CFL corners. Band aid on a gaping wound.

  • Milos

    “He’s white”. So, how is that supposed to matter?

    • Boomer

      It’s a little tongue in cheek; lighten up. Besides,name the last standout white wide receiver. And since the next line in the post was “And slow” you can’t use Wes Welker.

      • Tom

        Boomer, didn’t you know it’s wrong to make fun of the most dominate majority race in the USA?

        You may hurt our feelings.

      • midnightblue


        • midnightblue

          Largent? (autocorrect sucks sometimes)

  • Chicago Irish

    So he chose to come to the Bears because he feels more confident about making the roster after looking at our WR talent(less) depth chart. He’s white and from the CFL and even he knows we have no talent.

    I’m tired of the Bears consistently falling short in two areas:
    1) unable to judge/draft talent – Angelo
    2) unable to develop talent – Lovie and coaches.