The Chicago Bears are exploring the free agent market at wide receiver after losing Marquess Wilson indefinitely to a broken collarbone in practice on Monday.
One of the first names to pop up as a potential replacement for Wilson is Earl Bennett who was released by the Bears earlier in the offseason in a cap move, and he is still on the street after failing to catch on after the Cleveland Browns released him shortly after they signed him this spring.
Bears worked out veteran WRs Santonio Holmes and Ben Obomanu, per sources, but not appear to be signing either for now.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 5, 2014
Injuries have robbed Holmes of the speed and elusiveness he had earlier in his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers and as a result has only played in 15 games over the last two seasons, compiling 43 receptions for 728 yards and only two touchdowns since the 2011 season.
Those numbers look outstanding when you compare them to Obomanu’s who five receptions for 66 yards and zero touchdowns over the last two seasons with the New York Jets and Seattle Seahawks.
As Schefter points out, neither looks like a sure bet to sign with the team for now, but they may revisit their interest after the team’s preseason opener on Friday and see how their receivers fare before bringing either of the 30-year-old vets who are well past their prime.