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.