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Chicago Bears, Former New York Jets WR Santonio Holmes Agree to Deal

August 16th, 2014 at 12:30 PM
By Douglas Rush

Santonio Holmes sat on the free agent market for a better part of five months, waiting for an opportunity to play for another team after he was cut by the New York Jets in the offseason.

On Saturday, Holmes finally found a new home, as the Chicago Bears came to terms with the former Super Bowl MVP on a contract for the 2014 season as Adam Schefter of ESPN reported.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed at the time of the signing. Holmes will join a receiving group that includes Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey; who have already formed a dynamic 1-2 combination in Chicago for Jay Cutler along with tight end Martellus Bennett. Holmes likely will have to work his way up the depth chart, but given his talent, he should be able to do so.

Holmes was initially traded to the Jets from the Pittsburgh Steelers just before the 2010 NFL Draft for a fifth-round draft pick after the Steelers got fed up with Holmes off the field troubles. Holmes behaved himself and was rewarded with a five-year, $50 million deal, but after an injury-plagued 2013 season, Holmes was cut with two years left on the deal.

In 11 games, Holmes had 23 catches for 456 yards and one touchdown for the Jets last season; he missed five games due to a hamstring injury. In 2012, Holmes missed 12 games due to a stress fracture in his foot.

Over the course of his stay, Holmes developed a bit of a reputation for being hard to deal with; he once was reported as arguing with former offensive lineman Wayne Hunter in the middle of a huddle during the game and got himself benched after Hunter and teammates questioned Holmes lack of heart and passion on the field.

Holmes will return to MetLife Stadium to play his old team on Week 3 when the Bears play the Jets in a September Monday Night Football showdown.

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