When Domenik Hixon tore his ACL last week during OTAs, it took an experienced competitor away from what depth they do have at wide out. Today the Bears brought in two veteran receivers for competition and terminated the contract of Hixon with an injury settlement.
The Bears today added Armanti Edwards and Micheal Spurlock to the current group of wide outs that include the aforementioned Pro Bowlers, and Marquess Wilson, Chris Williams, Josh Morgan, Eric Weems, Terrence Toliver and Josh Bellamy.
The 5'11", 190 pound Edwards last played with the Cleveland Browns after spending three years and a part of a fourth with the Carolina Panthers following the 2010 NFL Draft. Prior to being a 3rd round pick of the Panthers, he played quarterback at Appalachian State, and is the first two time winner of the Walter Payton Award which is given to the Football Championship Subdivision's most outstanding offensive player.
He only has six career receptions in four seasons, but 45 combined kick/punt returns.
Spurlock (5'11", 210) was originally signed as an undrafted free agent in 2006 by the Arizona Cardinals. He's had ten separate stints with eight NFL teams, including the Bears this season. Spurlock has 46 career receptions, with an additional 188 touches in the return game.
If I were handicapping the receiver depth chart, I'd give long odds to either of these guys in making the final 53 man roster.
I think Marquess Wilson has the inside track as the #3 WR, with Josh Morgan providing the biggest competition, and I believe Chris Williams is the odds on favorite to win the return jobs.
The Bears also waived linebacker Tana Patrick, who just signed last month as an undrafted rookie out of Alabama. It's a good thing I never got that Q&A done about his prospects of sticking with the Bears.