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Josh Bellamy signs his tender and officially returns to the Bears

The Chicago Bears are bringing back restricted free agent Josh Bellamy to fortify their wide receiving corps...

NFL: Chicago Bears at Cincinnati Bengals David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

A congratulatory tweet from his agent has confirmed that wide out Josh Bellamy has signed his restricted free agent tender and will return to the Chicago Bears.

With Bellamy signing, that means he can no longer field any offers and he is officially back in Chicago. The Bears have two other RFAs still waiting on offers, wide receiver Cameron Meredith, and cornerback Bryce Callahan. Those two have until April 20 to accept an offer sheet before having to sign their tenders. The Bears still have the right to match any offer they may receive, but if they decline, they’ll lose the player with no compensation.

But back to Bellamy.

He played in 15 games in 2017, and he set career highs in games started (7), targets (46), receptions (24), and yards (376). But most importantly, he only had 2 drops. He was such an important part of the offense down the stretch, that the Bears took him off of the special teams. In his last five games he only logged 2 snaps in the third phase.

With a new coaching regime in place, and two new wide outs added via free agency, my guess is Bellamy’s best chance to stick on the roster will come on special teams.