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Report: Bears worked out Santonio Holmes

The Bears lost wide receiver Marquess Wilson to a fractured clavicle this week, opening up a third receiver job that many in Chicago were excited to see Wilson fill this season.

There are several backup options on hand in Chicago, including the just signed Greg Herd, but the Bears have also reportedly surveyed the veteran market. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Bears worked out Santonio Holmes and Ben Obomanu, but that neither one is in the team’s plans at this point.

It’s the first sign of interest we’ve heard of since Holmes was released by the Jets this offseason, although Holmes said in June that he was confident that he’d find a job for the 2014 season and things seem to be heating up on other fronts as well.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network also reports that Holmes has “drawn interest” from the Browns, which makes sense as they wait to hear the final ruling on Josh Gordon’s availability. Browns coach Mike Pettine saw the worst of Holmes during his time on Rex Ryan’s staff, but the need created by Gordon’s absence could outweigh those memories.

Obomanu also saw his last action with the Jets, playing three games and catching one pass for them in 2013. The longtime Seahawk has 88 career catches.

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30 Responses to “Report: Bears worked out Santonio Holmes”
  1. iman62 says: Aug 6, 2014 7:37 AM

    Didn’t know Holmes still played.

  2. ctiggs says: Aug 6, 2014 7:40 AM


  3. jhein23 says: Aug 6, 2014 7:55 AM

    Martellus Bennett and Brandon Marshall are fighting and currently don’t like each other. And now you want to add Santonio Holmes to the locker room?

  4. nygmann says: Aug 6, 2014 7:56 AM

    Wow! I didn’t think I would be hearing his name again.

  5. laxer37 says: Aug 6, 2014 8:11 AM


    Didn’t know Holmes still played.


    He currently doesn’t. It’s sort of the point of the article.

  6. bassplucker says: Aug 6, 2014 8:13 AM

    Trestman is having enough challenges with the chemistry on that team right now the way it is. The last thing they want or need is a tool like Holmes added to the mix. Frankly I’m surprised the Bears even wasted the time giving him a look.

  7. bostonbadass says: Aug 6, 2014 8:22 AM

    Total Meat head but not a bad receiver when he was on his game…
    Just sayin

  8. bassplucker says: Aug 6, 2014 8:46 AM

    If they were going to go the veteran route, they might as well have brought back Earl Bennett, who knows the system and wouldn’t come with Holmes’ headaches.

    As it is, they signed a youngster out of Eastern Washington who is about Marquess Wilson’s size and build so it looks like they will be going younger vs. older at WR anyway.

  9. brettsdaddy11172010 says: Aug 6, 2014 8:47 AM

    The Bears need to find a legit #3 receiver and fast before all of the legit free agents are signed. Their offense uses 3 wide receivers frequently and the likes of Eric Weems and Josh Morgan are NOT going to get the job done! I know Holmes can be a head case but maybe at this stage of his career he knows time is running out and he would behave if he was on a legit playoff team and wasn’t being asked to be the #1 receiving option. That said I would prefer Austin Collie over Holmes.

  10. kd75 says: Aug 6, 2014 9:14 AM

    Holmes and Cutler in the same huddle would be a disaster.

  11. completefan says: Aug 6, 2014 9:24 AM

    Remember though, this is not camp Lovie anymore. If anyone can have the egos pushed to the side, it’s Trest.

  12. whatnojets says: Aug 6, 2014 9:36 AM

    “Excedrin sales in Florham Park are destined to plunge to record lows now that the Jets have parted ways with All-Pro headache Santonio Holmes.

    General manager John Idzik released the underachieving, injury-prone diva wide receiver Monday, capping a strange four-year journey sprinkled with malaprops, meltdowns and “misunderstandings.”

    Source: New York Daily News – Manish Mehta

  13. lionsdraftguy says: Aug 6, 2014 9:39 AM

    Its the Bears, who cares.

  14. stevent92 says: Aug 6, 2014 10:04 AM

    This will take the Bears from have 2 of the best receivers in the league to having 2 of the best receivers in the league.

  15. greenbaysucks says: Aug 6, 2014 10:08 AM

    Holmes is not the answer. And neither is Eric Weems – as a receiver or a returner.
    The signing that makes the most to me is Josh Cribbs. Great return man, has big play making ability and would fit in well with Marshall/Jeffrey.

    Has he been a total loser off the field? Was that the issue in Cleveland? Not sure, but he seems like the best fit.


  16. nflcommissioner says: Aug 6, 2014 10:10 AM


  17. waldoampere says: Aug 6, 2014 10:22 AM

    Who’s next, Ochocinco?

  18. malek773 says: Aug 6, 2014 10:26 AM

    I’d take a chance on Cribbs or Danario Alexandar (if healthy) if they are going the veteran route. I think both of those guys offer the highest upside for a vet at this point in the season.

    Smartest move would be bringing back Earl Bennet. He knows the system, Cutler likes him, and you know what you are going to get.

  19. jolink653 says: Aug 6, 2014 10:36 AM

    I thought Holmes retired two years ago after being thrown out of the Jets huddle. He probably should have

  20. codythao35 says: Aug 6, 2014 10:37 AM

    Not a Bears fan but Holmes is better than what the cheese heads will ever have. Oh wait, I didn’t know Javon Walker is already a HOF.

  21. codythao35 says: Aug 6, 2014 10:39 AM

    Talking about lazy, who do the Packer trolls have? Eddie LAZZZZZZZZZy!!!!!!!!!

  22. JackedUpSports says: Aug 6, 2014 10:58 AM

    good luck with that chi town

  23. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Aug 6, 2014 11:17 AM

    “Wake and bake, Bluntonio!”

  24. brettsdaddy11172010 says: Aug 6, 2014 11:56 AM

    Earl Bennet would be a downgrade IMO. Yes he knows the system but the Bears offense now revolves around big-play capable WR’s and Bennet is certainly not that…he is and always will be strictly a possession receiver!

  25. drudema says: Aug 6, 2014 12:23 PM

    Santonio Holmes = the glue that holds a team’s chemistry together.

  26. ghjjf says: Aug 6, 2014 12:29 PM

    Does it matter? Jay Quitler take his usual time off near the end of the season.

  27. calvinthegreat82 says: Aug 6, 2014 12:34 PM

    lionsdraftguy says:
    Aug 6, 2014 9:39 AM

    Its the Bears, who cares.

    Obviously you did, you took the time to read and post on this article. Think before you post meaningless, feeble troll attempts.

  28. atthemurph says: Aug 6, 2014 1:47 PM

    If the NFL is set on enforcing the down-field contact rules the bears are going to need a fast receiver who can get open without pushing off.

    Maybe Randy Moss can come out of retirement if the bears would pay straight cash homey.

  29. punkyqb says: Aug 6, 2014 1:57 PM

    We should say who cares about Detroit!

  30. surfinbird1 says: Aug 6, 2014 2:12 PM

    You realize he’ll expect to be a team captain.

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