The Bears are in hot pursuit of a new deal with wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and bringing him back isn’t the only development that the team is looking forward to at wideout.
They’re also looking forward to having 2015 first-round pick Kevin White on the field after he missed his entire rookie season due to a stress fracture in his shin that required surgery. He returned to practice briefly late in the year and General Manager Ryan Pace said Wednesday that the team expects to have him all systems go when the offseason program gets underway.
“He’s training on his own,” Pace said, via WGNRadio.com. “He’s progressing well. He’ll be full speed for the offseason program. Really excited about him and I know he’s got a lot of confidence and a big smile on his face and ready to show everybody what he can do.”
Bears coach John Fox said on Wednesday that quarterback Jay Cutler was one of the team’s “brightest spots” while turning in a strong 2015 season. That work came without White and with Jeffery in and out of the lineup because of injuries. Getting both back and healthy for 2016 should be a good step toward getting another successful year from Cutler.