August 29, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Morgan (15) runs with the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at FedEx Field. The Redskins won 30-3. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears sign receiver Josh Morgan to one-year deal

The Chicago Bears have signed wide receiver Josh Morgan to a one-year deal to compete for the third receiver job after the team released Earl Bennett earlier this offseason.

Morgan played last season with the Washington Redskins when he recorded 20 receptions for 214 receiving yards, but did not score any touchdowns. He came to Washington on a five-year contract worth $!2.5 million after playing the first round years of his career with the San Francisco 49ers, but clearly did not live up to the deal.

Morgan got some work in as a kick returner last season and the Bears will experiment with a couple different bodies this offseason to replace the departed Devin Hester in that role.

However, the most telling news to come out of this signing is perhaps the Bears are not completely comfortable with last year’s seventh round pick Marquess Wilson stepping in and filling the third receiver role.

At the very least it is a low-risk move that provides depth and competition to make sure Wilson continues to work hard and not assume the job will be handed to him.

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