Chicago Bears Roster Review: Josh Morgan


The Chicago Bears offseason is in full swing as we head toward the start of the new league year and Free Agency.  As a part of our Chicago Bears Roster Review, we’re leading off by looking at Bears Free Agents.  New GM Ryan Pace and head coach John Fox have some tough decisions to make as they reshape the Bears roster in hopes of a bounceback 2015 season.

Josh Morgan, Wide Receiver, 29

2014 Review

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In his first, and what will likely be his only season, as a Chicago Bear Josh Morgan played in 14 games yet made just 10 receptions for a mere 70 yards. While Morgan rarely played on the first unit (seven games started), as a third or even fourth stringer he should have been able to put up better numbers and had a greater effect on the game. The Bears were the fourth team Morgan has played for in his career and with just 30 receptions over the past two seasons I find it unlikely that he will be given another shot in the NFL. His best seasons were when he was in San Francisco where his size and speed made him a valuable asset on the outside, however, his longest catch this season was 13 yards as he seems to have lost the ability to separate himself from coverage.

2015 Outlook

Josh Morgan had little impact in 2014 and as such Chicago should let the 29-year old receiver walk. His salary figure remains modest, but the team needs more production from its wide receivers. While the Bears remain stacked top at the top of their wide out rotation (Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery), the team has received little production from the bottom of the depth chart and I expect John Fox and Ryan Pace to add depth at the position. After Josh Morgan failed to provide many results, look for the team to look to add talent to the position via the draft, even if it’s just in the later rounds. Chicago could use some speed and youth at pretty much every position, including wide receiver, and with the draft coming up the team should be able to find a replacement for Morgan by June.