Bears add veteran Cruz to WR mix

Victor Cruz
Seeking to bolster an unproven wide receiver group, the Chicago Bears signed former NY Giants WR Victor Cruz  to a one-year deal.

Cruz joins holdovers Kevin White and Cameron Meredith as well as free agent additions Markus Wheaton and Kendall Wright in a group that is short on both experience and production. Though injury plagued in recent seasons, Cruz gives the Bears a proven veteran who will, if nothing else, be another complimentary piece in the Bears reshaped offense. He also helps offset the loss of Alshon Jeffery in free agency to Philadelphia.

Cruz finished the 2016 season with 39 receptions for 586 yards and only one touchdown in his first season back on the field after missing the previous two with injuries. He spent the past six seasons with the New York Giants where he started 53 of 70 games. He recorded 303 receptions for 4,549 yards and 25 touchdowns after signing with the Giants as an undrafted free agent out of UMass in 2010. Cruz also brings some flair to the Bears with his trademark “salsa” dance after scoring a touchdown.

Cruz was part of the Super Bowl XLVI champion Giants and was selected to the Pro Bowl following the 2012 season. He shares the record for the longest reception in NFL history (99 yards).

The Bears just completed week one of their organized team activities (OTA’s). After a break for the Memorial Day holiday, the team returns to Halas Hall for additional workouts prior to the club’s mandatory mini-camp, scheduled for June 13-15. Chicago opens training camp July 26 at Olivet Nazarene in Bourbonnais, IL.

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