Chicago Bears wide receiver Markus Wheaton is making a pretty penny for only one catch for nine yards so far this season.
“We’re hoping it creates more three-level throws,” Loggains said. “There is an element of speed that comes with Markus. That’s his strength, and (we’re) hoping that he adds that kind of value to our offense.” – Bears OC Dowell Loggains after Bears signed Markus Wheaton
At first glance, the Wheaton signing did not seem so bad. It was just two years ago that the former Steeler was second in the team in receiving yards behind Antonio Brown.
Second glance was a different feel though. $6 million in yea one? Wheaton only played in three games in 2016 due to injury. So the Bears signed him for success that occurred two seasons ago, giving him that much money? Also, the Bears had Mike Glennon at QB for the first four games and could not throw the ball downfield. It is not a good look on Pace right now.
The most interesting note on Wheaton’s new injury is that the news did not come from Fox.
After practice today at Halas Hall, Fox told reporters “We got through it healthy.” Yet Bears reporter Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times reported on Twitter around 4:45p.m. that leagues sources told him that Wheaton has a tear in his groin and could miss 4-6 weeks.
I’m confused. Why does John Fox lie at the podium? This latest development makes him and the Bears looks like fools.
The Bears will go into Baltimore with Kendall Wright, Tanner Gentry, Tre McBride, and Josh Bellamy at wide receiver. That is an ugly group and not a group you want to surround your rookie QB with. While Gentry and McBride have some chemistry with Mitchell Trubisky, they have little NFL experience. Wright and Bellamy have been around awhile but not top end WRs.
It just keeps getting worse for the Bears. At least we have something in Trubisky to look forward to for the rest of the year.