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Bears sign WR Josh Morgan to a one-year contract

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The Bears have added another contender for the passing game targets that don’t go to Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Martellus Bennett and Matt Forte.

The club said Monday it had signed Redskins wide receiver Josh Morgan to a one-year contract. The 28-year-old Morgan hauled in 20 passes for 214 yards in 14 games (seven starts) for Washington in 2013. He also returned 12 kickoffs for 239 yards and eight punts for 59 yards.

Morgan (6-1, 220) seems likely to vie with 2013 seventh-round pick Marquess Wilson and former Panthers wide receiver Domenik Hixon for playing time in the Bears’ receiving corps. Marshall and Jeffery, the Bears’ starting wideouts, are the top producers in the passing offense, with tight end Bennett and running back Forte also major parts of the attack.

A seventh-year pro from Virginia Tech, Morgan has caught 199 passes for 2,488 yards and 11 touchdowns in his NFL career. He played for the 49ers from 2008 through 2011, then joined Washington for the last two seasons.

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25 Responses to “Bears sign WR Josh Morgan to a one-year contract”
  1. lurch61 says: Apr 21, 2014 4:48 PM

    seems that would have been a better “come home” pickup for the 49ers than Lloyd. guess we will see

  2. thepftpoet says: Apr 21, 2014 4:49 PM

    More WR’s for Captain Munnerlyn and Xavier Rhodes to shut down 2 games this year.

  3. swaggyy says: Apr 21, 2014 4:49 PM

    I definitely think this signing could maybe possibly get the Bears 2nd place in the North

  4. onearmsteven says: Apr 21, 2014 4:50 PM

    he is so bad. painful watching him in dc the past couple years.

  5. intelligent cement says: Apr 21, 2014 4:54 PM

    Camp body.

  6. dawindbag says: Apr 21, 2014 5:00 PM

    We’re loaded at WR. Not sure Morgan sees much time even if he makes the team but, he’s insurance in case Wilson our Hixon flame out. Not big news but further confirms that the Bears are drafting nothing but defense.

  7. ashure71 says: Apr 21, 2014 5:21 PM

    Sorry things didn’t work out for you in D.C. Josh, hope this is the change of environment you need to thrive.

  8. readysethike says: Apr 21, 2014 5:38 PM

    he drops everything i’ve ever seen thrown his way.

  9. ngarren13 says: Apr 21, 2014 5:48 PM

    looks like the Bears are drafting nothing but defense, but i would expect a QB or RB late.

  10. schmitty2 says: Apr 21, 2014 6:12 PM

    He couldn’t catch a ball if you handed it to him.

  11. defscottyb says: Apr 21, 2014 6:17 PM

    As a Skins fan I saw good things from Morgan. He’s a solid 2 or 3 wr. Go Hokies!

  12. alshonbrandontandem says: Apr 21, 2014 6:23 PM

    Welcome aboard son. You better be good as a return man, cause you ain’t going to get much time at wr.

  13. skins26portis says: Apr 21, 2014 6:24 PM

    Josh Morgan has turtle speed which means he cannot get separation from DB’s. He drops to many balls and he has no business returning kickoff a . Good dude but is limited as a WR. He is at best 4th WR. Good Luck Josh . HTTR

  14. rg3andthensome says: Apr 21, 2014 6:26 PM

    Love Josh Morgan! Good dude…Needs the ball more. Sad to see him go.

    HAIL SKINS~

  15. channer81 says: Apr 21, 2014 6:48 PM

    Possession receiver with a short fuse, ( see the ending of the St.Louis game 2012 where he threw ball at Cortland Finnegan costing us the game) slow, but was a solid run blocker down the field.

  16. wnstonchill says: Apr 21, 2014 7:02 PM

    This signing is clearly a means in which to give Marquess Wilson competition for the 3rd WR position. Wilson really needed to see more action than he did, last year so they can have a better idea of what he can offer this year and forward. Prediction: Marquess Wilson wins that 3rd WR job and will turn some heads in the NFL. He’s a legit deep threat that the Bears don’t have at this point.

  17. ptdennis says: Apr 21, 2014 7:05 PM

    I pretty much wish Josh Morgan and Josh Wilson well. After losing my job, I feel a bit more empathy for guys who try their best, but maybe they are a bad fit for their old team[s]. It happens.

  18. larryboodry says: Apr 21, 2014 7:50 PM

    Another depth move by Emery…Curious that ‘Skins fans seem divided as toi how good or bad he is. My own take is that Wilson wins the #3 WR spot.

  19. bearshaterseverywhere says: Apr 21, 2014 8:05 PM

    Who cares not a big deal.

    He will be competing for Devin Hester’s void, along with the other 7 WRs other than The Rubberband man-Alshon and B. Marsh.

  20. duga518 says: Apr 21, 2014 8:56 PM

    Number four receiver behind Marshall, Jeffrey and Wilson.
    He has to be better than Earl Bennent and Weems!

  21. stunzeed5 says: Apr 21, 2014 9:43 PM

    Solid citizen, decent receiver, EXCELLENT downfield blocker. Good luck Josh and thank you for your HTTR service!

  22. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 21, 2014 9:58 PM

    It’s too bad they’re stuck with Quitler, because the rest of that offense looks really good.

  23. skins4life2009 says: Apr 22, 2014 2:54 AM

    I actually liked Morgan, but he SaaS to inconsistent. He can make a great catch at one point, and then drop a pass the next. But an overall good signing, I could see him at #3 but just depends on what Morgan shows up. Sorry, he couldn’t stay and be apart of what’s happening in DC. But I’d takae getting Moss back over Morgan, just because of the leadership Moss has in DC. Redskins offense will be something special to watch this year, 2 1,000+ us recievers, a young and impressive tight end, a 1,500+ yd rusher, and a quarterback who is finally 100% and knee brace free, and has everything to prove. Do you think Griffin hasn’t been thinking about how Russell Wilson, who is nowhere near as good, already has a ring. Think about it!!!

  24. skins1970 says: Apr 22, 2014 12:34 PM

    Skins fan here, The Bears in Josh Morgan are getting a decent a No 3 or 4 WR he will make a big catch on 3rd down when you need it. The only thing is they shouldn’t have him on KO or PR he isn’t fast enough to do that.

  25. RussianBreadMaker says: Apr 28, 2014 11:37 AM

    Bonehead…Would be better than average if he didn’t make stupid/foolish mistakes.

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