Sep 15, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Morgan (15) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Green Bay won 38-20. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Bears Sign WR Josh Morgan to 1-Year Deal


Sometimes I swear that Phil Emery reads this site.  Just last week, I wrote about my concerns about the depth of the wide receiver position for the Bears.  Fear not, Bears fans, Phil is on the same page.  Just before the team is set to begin their official offseason program, they’ve added another wide receiver to the mix, adding veteran Josh Morgan to a 1-year deal.

After the Bears cut Earl Bennett, there have been questions about the third wide receiver, with second year man Marquess Wilson appearing to be the odds on favorite to get the job but veterans like Domenik Hixon and Eric Weems vying for a spot along with newcomer Chris Williams.  Morgan provides another viable option to compete for a spot in the Bears’ wide receiver room and appears to close the door on a return by Bennett, who is still available on the free agent market.

Morgan was a sixth round draft pick by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2008 draft and spent his first four seasons in San Fran before inking a 5-year, $12 million deal with the Washington Redskins in 2012.  He never lived up to the high expectations in DC and they opted not to pick up the final three years of his contract.  Last season, Morgan was a neutral 0.8 in PFF’s stats.

During his six year career, the 6′ 220 lb Morgan has 199 catches for nearly 2500 yards and 11 TD’s while appearing in 79 games.  Morgan also has experience in the return game, returning both kickoffs and punts, which could give him an edge for a roster spot and filling Devin Hester’s returner role.

“Competition is why I play the game,” Morgan said. “I love competition. It’s something I’m addicted to. It’s a great opportunity. If anything, [the other Bears receivers] are going to push me to be better.”

Assuming the Bears keep 5 wide receivers, the final three spots ought to be hotly contested through the rest of the offseason and should make for some interesting battles in Bourbonnais.

 

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  • Erik Lambert

    Well it’s clear depth is no longer a concern. The Bears have their two starters and a log jam for the 3rd spot between Wilson, Hixon and Morgan. Heck, they might be able to run more four and five receiver sets now if they really wanted to. This just adds more flexibility for Trestman.

    • Johnathan Wood

      don’t forget Chris Williams. It seems likely to me they keep 6 WRs again, and Williams/Wilson/Hixon/Morgan are fighting for 3 spots. Assuming they don’t add somebody in the draft. And even if they don’t draft somebody, they’ll bring in a few UDFA, and with such a deep class I could see 1-2 of those guys seriously challenging for a roster spot.

      • Erik Lambert

        Don’t forget Weems. Just because he took a pay cut doesn’t mean he’s guaranteed a spot. Williams will need to make an impact as a returner if he’s going to make the team. To me it’s a three-horse race between Wilson, Hixon and Morgan for that 3rd receiver spot. As far as I’m concerned receiver is no longer a draft priority.

        • Johnathan Wood

          I was assuming Weems would be cut. Guess he could still make the team.

          • Erik Lambert

            One of those additions will have to outplay him on special teams to make it.

          • Johnathan Wood

            I tend to value O/D depth over ST, seeing as Morgan and Hixon all have solid ST experience. I’d rather take the good STer who is also a solid depth WR in case of injuries over the great STer who can’t really play WR, but that’s just me. You’re probably right.

          • Erik Lambert

            Oh I’m in agreed with you. To me Hixon and Morgan offer more offensive value than Weems. They should beat him out there. But if he flatout humiliates them both on ST then there’s a chance he still makes the roster.