Nov 24, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes (10) catches the ball as Baltimore Ravens safety James Ihedigbo (32) defends at M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens won 19-3. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears sign Santonio Holmes

The Chicago Bears may have the best pair of wide receiver in the NFL in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Marshall made 100 receptions for 1,295 yards and 12 touchdowns while Jeffery caught 89 passes for 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns.

Although the Bears are obviously very confident in Jay Cutler’s top two targets and have a solid tight end in Martellus Bennett, who is coming off of the best season of his career, they are looking for a third wide receiver. On Saturday, they may have found that player – the Bears agreed to a one-year deal with former Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets’ wide receiver Santonio Holmes. To make room for Holmes, they released wide receiver Eric Weems.

Larry Mayer of has the scoop.

The Bears on Saturday signed receiver Santonio Holmes to a one-year contract and terminated the contract of receiver Eric Weems…

…Holmes is the second receiver the Bears have signed since No. 3 wideout Marquess Wilson broke his collarbone in practice Aug. 4, following Greg Herd.

Weems played in 32 games with one start the past two seasons with the Bears, catching three passes for 35 yards, averaging 16.0 yards on 18 kickoff returns and compiling 25 special-teams tackles. He joined the team in 2012 after spending his first five NFL seasons with the Falcons.

Last season, Holmes returned from a ligament tear in his foot that limited him to four games in 2012. He caught 23 passes for 456 yards and one touchdown in 11 games. In his career, he has 381 receptions for 5,963 yards and 36 touchdowns.

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