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Bears sign Markus Wheaton

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Free agent wide receiver Markus Wheaton will sign with the Bears, NFL Network reported Thursday.

The Steelers drafted Wheaton, 26, in the third round in 2013. He had a breakout season in 2014 with 53 receptions, then was a big part again of the Steelers’ offense in 2015 with 44 catches and a career-best five touchdowns.

He was limited to three games by injury last season, and it’s no surprise that he’s moving on from the Steelers for a fresh start. The Bears will likely make multiple additions at the wide receiver position, and they’re hoping the speedy Wheaton can recapture his prior form.

Wheaton has eight career touchdown receptions.

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15 Responses to “Bears sign Markus Wheaton”
  1. whattaditka says: Mar 9, 2017 7:42 PM

    Almost as exciting would have been the signing of Will Wheaton. Live long and prosper Bears!

  2. steeelfann0155 says: Mar 9, 2017 7:50 PM

    Terrible YAC

  3. bigcid10 says: Mar 9, 2017 7:57 PM

    when healthy,he was a great wideout
    good luck ,Markus

  4. smurftacular says: Mar 9, 2017 7:57 PM

    So they swap one oft injured WR (Alshon) for another….guess the silver lining is Wheaton costs less than Jeffery. Wake me from hibernation in about 3 years…..hopeful Fox is gone and from the looks of it so far maybe Pace as well.

  5. enoughofthatalready says: Mar 9, 2017 7:59 PM

    I believe this nets the Steelers a 3rd round comp pick next year.

  6. bfekkers says: Mar 9, 2017 8:08 PM

    70 mil in cap space. this is what they get. Pace is an idiot as well as owners

  7. tomthebombtracy says: Mar 9, 2017 8:19 PM

    Steelers know receivers and this guy was really good and I believe would have be resigned except the glut they already have….and maybe they thought he’d come back to them in default.

    Receivers Steelers lost or sent to other teams….Nate Washington, Plaxico Burress, Santonio Holmes, Antwaan Randel El, Mike Wallace, Emanuel Sanders.

    Wheaton will be counted as one of these who was a great pickup.

  8. Moudabo says: Mar 9, 2017 8:35 PM

    Wheaton is a cool guy and a good receiver.
    Hopefully his career will take off now that
    he is healthy – much like it did for
    Emmanuel Sanders . Too bad it will be for
    another team, but thanks for the memories –
    especially that Seattle game.

    Stay healthy and best of luck, Markus

  9. spdy34 says: Mar 9, 2017 9:28 PM

    As a bears fan all i gotta say is that it’s looking like it’s gonna be another long season. Cutler was no hall of famer and Alshon will miss a game on hurt feelings alone. But their replacements so far look like they could be worse.

  10. pfatalbert says: Mar 9, 2017 9:57 PM

    Great DNA too. Related to old NFLer Kenny Wheaton

  11. steelcurtainn says: Mar 9, 2017 10:22 PM

    Doesn’t really matter, Big Ben made them who they are. Wheaton wont be missed in the burg and without a qb in chicago he’s doomed.

  12. blah773 says: Mar 10, 2017 12:10 AM

    One good game vs Seattle. Other than that… meh.

    Good luck though dude. Liked having you.

  13. takeyourpunishmentandquitwhininglikeababy says: Mar 10, 2017 8:51 AM

    It will be fun watching Wheaton burn a hole in that cardboard secondary when the Bears deliver an unexpected beatdown on the Steelers this year.

  14. rvz22 says: Mar 10, 2017 9:14 AM

    Keep hoping Pace will surprise me but he continues to prove he’s overmatched as a GM in the NFL. At least some of his moves should help issue his departure sooner rather than later.

  15. jobotjones says: Mar 10, 2017 11:53 AM

    – much like it did for
    Emmanuel Sanders .
    ________

    Sanders only showed increased numbers with Manning at QB.
    Has been pretty quiet since then, maybe if the Broncos get Romo that will change again.

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