When the Chicago Bears decided to trade wide out Brandon Marshall, it left a void of experience in Chicago's wide receiving corps. That void was filled today with one of Marshall's former Denver teammates.
As reported by Chargers beat writer Michael Gehlken and confirmed by Brad Biggs, the Bears have signed 28 year old, 7 year veteran Eddie Royal, who played the last three seasons in San Diego to a three year contract.
EDIT: The Bears officially announced his signing late Wednesday night.
Royal played in all 16 games last year, with 11 starts, and he had 62 receptions, for 778 yards and 7 touchdowns. It was his most catches and yards since his rookie year in Denver, when he went for 91 receptions and 980 yards. In that 2008 season, he started opposite Pro Bowler Marshall and caught passes from Pro Bowler Jay Cutler.
The 5'10" Royal gives the Bears a different dynamic for opposing defenses to be concerned with. According to Pro Football Focus, Royal ran 86.2% of his routes from the slot last year for the Chargers, and in 2013 it was 85.8%. He has the quickness and route running ability to win inside, and will provide new offensive coordinator Adam Gase another weapon to add to the game plan.
What are your thoughts on Royal signing with the Bears?