Fowler, 26, had spent the previous four seasons with the Broncos as an undrafted free agent out of Michigan State in 2014. There, he primarily served as a bottom of the depth chart target: amassing a total of 56 receptions, 698 yards, and five touchdowns in his time as a professional. At 6-foot-2, 217 pounds, he offers size and dependability in his specific niche role on a roster. Nothing flashy, but a reliable target through and through if called upon.
Though, it must be clear that Fowler is not the Cameron Meredith replacement plan. Not even close. That’s a higher aim down the line.
With the Bears looking to fill out their 90-man roster through the rest of this off-season, Fowler’s addition makes perfect sense as competition for a receiving corps that may be fluid through the spring and summer. He’s by no means a lock to make Chicago’s roster, but will push others such as a potential draft pick to improve and refine their crafts. You can never have too much depth at playmaking positions.
This addition of Fowler is almost certainly not the last signing the Bears are likely to make over the course of the weekend as they begin new playbook and scheme installs in earnest.
Robert Zeglinski is the Bears beat writer for The Rock River Times, an editor for Windy City Gridiron and Inside The Pylon, and is a contributor to Pro Football Weekly and The Athletic Chicago. You can follow him on Twitter @RobertZeglinski.