The Bears are bringing a familiar face back to Bourbonnais, signing former Bear Rashied Davis to a 1-year deal. The move is clearly in response to the unexpected retirement of Devin Thomas, who walked away from the game on Sunday.
Davis spent last season in Detroit after spending his first 6 NFL seasons with the Bears from ’05-’10, but never quite fit in with the haircut he was showing off above. Kidding aside, Davis contributed 4 catches for 63 yards for the Lions, but as will be the case with the Bears, his primary role was on special teams.
The move puts second year wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher back into a race for a roster spot. When Devin Thomas announced his retirement, the speculation of Dane emerging as the 6th wide receiver started swirling. He’ll have to earn that spot on the merits of his abilities on special teams in addition to what he can bring to the offense. Expect him to get plenty of looks in the slot on Thursday against the Broncos, as Earl Bennett and Devin Hester aren’t expected to play a lot.